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Simon's drive-in construction at Sunset and Highland
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Schultheis, Herman
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1939
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger.; 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.
In the 1930s Wayne McAllister designed circular Simons Drive-in Restaurants in the Streamline Moderne style with a three-layer roof and neon advertising pylon. McAllister was the original designer of this style of circular drive-in, which was copied throughout the country. Every example of this style of circular drive-in restaurant in Los Angeles has been demolished.; The Church of the Blessed Sacrament was founded in 1904. In 1914, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles entrusted Blessed Sacrament to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). The current property, 6657 West Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, was bought in 1921.Thomas Franklin Power designed the Italian Renaissance style Blessed Sacrament School and Church. The school was completed in 1923 but the church took seven years to complete.
The circular roof and skeleton of the sing pylon for the Simon's drive in restaurant (6760 West Sunset Boulevard) is visible above the scaffolding on this construction site at the southeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and Highland Avenue. This view looking east on Sunset captures signs for auto and furniture loans at Budget Finance Plan Inc. (6740 West Sunset Boulevard) and the tower for the Church of the Blessed Sacrament (6657 West Sunset).
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-681 8x10
Simon's (Restaurant : Los Angeles, Calif.)
Budget Finance Plan Inc. (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Blessed Sacrament Church (Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Drive-in restaurants--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Building construction--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Church buildings--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Catholic churches--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Architecture--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)--Italian influences
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Lost architecture--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Sunset Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
McAllister, Wayne,1907-2000

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