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Yucca Street, Argyle Avenue, and Vine Street, looking southeast
Alternative Title
Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Photo Collection
Kelly, Howard D
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
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Kelly-Holiday.; C.L. Peck Co
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Capitol Records, located at 1750 Vine Street, is a unique 13-story, 150 ft high-rise cylindrical building that was built in 1956 by architect Welton David Becket and contractor C. L. Peck Co. The wide curved awnings over the windows of each floor and the tall spike emerging from the top of the building combine to give it the appearance of a stack of vinyl 45s on a turntable, although it was not originally designed with that idea in mind. The blinking red light on the tip of the rooftop spire spells out the word "Hollywood" in Morse code every few seconds, and has done so since the building's opening in April of 1956.
Aerial view of Hollywood with the Capitol Records Building in the center surrounded by other buildings near Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street; view is looking southeast. The visible streets are (diagonally, r to l): Vine Street, Argyle Avenue, Gower Street, and Bronson Avenue and (l to r): Yucca Street, Hollywood Boulevard, and Sunset Boulevard. Other visible buildings are Yucca Vine Building (corner of Yucca and Vine), Equitable Building (corner of Vine and Hollywood), Pantages Theater (corner of Hollywood and Argyle), and Charles E. Skinner Studios (corner of Argyle and Yucca). Photograph dated February 17, 1956.
1 negative :safety ;12 x 14 cm.
Photographic safety negatives
Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Collection
GPC_b22_f3_i34 (Photographic print); KHAF 240-4
Capitol Records, Inc
Buildings--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Round buildings--California--Los Angeles
Music trade--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Sound recording industry--California--Los Angeles
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Aerial views
Hollywood Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
United States Highway 101
Aerial photographs
Becket, Welton
Time Period

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