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Title
Vernon from the Central Manufacturing District Terminal water tower
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Creator
Schultheis, Herman
Contributor
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1938
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Description
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.
Architect Frank D. Chase designed the 1923 six-story Central Manufacturing District Westland Warehouses Produce Terminal, located at 4814 Loma Vista Avenue in Vernon. The 160 foot high Moorish tower concealed a 12,500 gallon water tank. The Pacific Coast Warehouse District leased the building in 1951 operating it though the 1980s and added two additional warehouses. This warehouse has been replaced with a tilt-up concrete building.; Central Manufacturing District is an industrial tract of approximately 2800 acres, partly located within the cities of Commerce, Bell, and Vernon. In 1923, the tract comprised 300 acres of the old Rancho San Antonio, one of the original Spanish land grants. Railroad lines and utilities were laid and the Terminal Building became the first structure erected at 4814 Loma Vista Avenue, and serves as its landmark. In 1928 the assets were purchased by the Santa Fe for further development. The district added new areas in 1930, 1932, 1947 and 1948 - to provide for new and expanding industries and services. Thus it has grown from its original 300 acres to more than 2800 acres. More than 60 food companies are located in the CDM, which also houses automobiles, furniture, household items, machinery, paints, paper, plastics, steel, trucks, wood, cosmetics and also the benefits provided by service and processing companies of all types. CMD, which has been called the largest development of its kind in the world, is located eastward from Soto Street to Garfield Avenue; the southern edge is bordered partly by Fruitland Avenue and Randolph Street; on the northern edge are Washington Boulevard and the Santa Ana Freeway route, partially extending north beyond the freeway line.
This view is taken from the top of the Central Manufacturing District Terminal water tower and provides a detailed look at the finials and walkway surrounding the tile doom. Some of the buildings visible in this aerial view looking west from Loma Vista include the Cork Insulation Company (corner of 47th and Everett, bottom left) and the Federal Cold Storage, (4224 East District Boulevard, top left).
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00100717
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-152 8x10
CARL0005111841
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/39609
Subject
Central Manufacturing District (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Central Manufacturing District Terminal (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Cork Insulation Company (Firm)
Federal Cold Storage (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Architecture--California--Vernon--Islamic influences
Industrial facilities--California--Vernon
Lost architecture--California--Vernon
Vernon (Calif.)
Panoramic views
Schultheis Collection photographs
Chase, Frank D

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