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. Exterior view of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, showing the original building, as well as one of several entrances (on left of photo). Several women stroll past the Biltmore Florist shop, which occupies a portion of the first floor, and a few other people can be seen window-shopping. Built in 1923 by architects Schultze & Weaver, the Biltmore has 1,500 rooms and is 14 stories high. The main address is listed as 506 S. Grand Avenue, but the eastern entrance address is 515 S. Olive Street.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel (Los Angeles, Calif.) Millennium Biltmore Hotel Florist (Los Angeles, Calif.) Stores & shops--California--Los Angeles Storefronts--California--Los Angeles Florists--California--Los Angeles Hotels--California--Los Angeles Schultheis Collection photographs Schultze & Weaver