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Santa Fe Depot, San Diego
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 1938
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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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.
The historic downtown Santa Fe Depot was designed by architects Bakewell and Brown and built by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway at a total cost of $300,000. The Spanish Colonial Revival style station was opened on March 8, 1915 to accommodate visitors to the Panama-California Exposition. The edifice featured a covered concourse; main waiting room; long arcade connecting the passenger terminal with the baggage and express rooms; twin campaniles, each topped by a colorful tile-covered dome; and natural redwood beam ceilings in the grand interior space. The arched portico was demolished in 1954 to make way for a parking lot. The Santa Fe Depot (also known as Union Station, San Diego) is located in downtown San Diego at 1050 Kettner Boulevard and is still an active transportation center.
Front view of the Santa Fe Depot in San Diego. At the time the photograph was taken, the depot appeared to be void of passengers. The long arcade and one of the campaniles are clearly visible.
1 photographic print :b&w ;14 x 11 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-009-622 8x10
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Santa Fe Depot (San Diego, Calif.)
Railroad stations--California--San Diego
Railroads--California--San Diego
Arcades (Architecture)--California--San Diego
Architecture--California--San Diego--Spanish influences
San Diego (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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