Herman J. Schultheis was born in Aachen, Germany in 1900, and immigrated to the United States in the mid-1920s after obtaining a Ph.D. in mechanical and electrical engineering. He married Ethel Wisloh in 1936, and the pair moved to Los Angeles the following year. He worked in the film industry from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, most notably on the animated features Fantasia and Pinocchio. His detailed notebook, documenting the special effects for Fantasia, is the subject of a 14-minute short-subject included on the film's DVD. In 1949, he started employment with Librascope as a patent engineer. Schultheis was an avid amateur photographer who traveled the world with his cameras. It was on one of these photographic exhibitions in 1955 that he disappeared in the jungles of Guatemala. His remains were discovered 18 months later. The digitized portion of this collection represents the images Schultheis took of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities after he relocated to the area in 1937. Designed by Allison & Allison and built in 1924, the church was promoted by Portland Cement Association as being "all-concrete." The exterior has a Romanesque revival appearance, while the interior is reminiscent of the Gothic revival style. Palm trees appear to surround the tower of the Wilshire United Methodist Church, located at 4350 Wilshire Boulevard, as seen from Plymouth Boulevard (foreground).
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm. Photographic prints
Wilshire United Methodist Church (Los Angeles, Calif.) Methodist church buildings--California--Los Angeles Church buildings--California--Los Angeles Romanesque revival (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles Towers--California--Los Angeles Palms--California--Los Angeles Plymouth Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.) Schultheis Collection photographs Allison & Allison