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Tidewater Oil Co., Wilshire Blvd., looking northeast
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Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Photo Collection
Kelly, Howard D
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
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When completed, the white marble office building (center) housed the headquarters for Getty Oil and came to be known as the Harbor Building. Prior to its construction, the lot had been occupied by an expansive estate, built in 1926 for William Jenkins, which served as the home of aging Hollywood star Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder's film "Sunset Boulevard."; Built in 1926 by Edward B. Rust and Luther Mayo in a Mission Revival style, the Los Altos Apartments were originally developed as a "co-op", but went bankrupt during the Great Depression. It is rumored that William Randolph Hearst once kept his mistress, actress Marion Davies, in the penthouse apartment. Other Hollywood stars also rumored to have stayed at the famed hotel include Bette Davis, Mae West, Judy Garland and Loretta Young, among others. In 1999, Los Altos received a design award from the California Preservation Foundation, it was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1999 - Building #99000765; it is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #311.; Designed by Paul Williams, this was the second and last structure for Perino's, which closed in 1986. After the restaurant was torn down in 2005, a 4-story, 47-unit apartment building was built in its place.
Aerial view of the Tidewater Oil Co. building construction site, located at 4201 Wilshire Boulevard; view is looking northeast. Wilshire Boulevard horizontally at middle; Crenshaw Boulevard is lower right corner to middle; Bronson Avenue is lower right to middle, and Norton Avenue is middle right stopping at Wilshire Blvd. The street paralleling Wilshire that dips toward upper right is 6th Street. The architects for Tidewater Oil Co. are Claude Beelman and Associates; with Bethlehem Pacific - steel frame fabricators and builders; and C.L. Peck Construction and Realty Co. - general contractors. Right of center are the Los Altos Apartments and Perino's. Photograph was taken for Pioneer Flintkote on October 29, 1958.
1 negative :safety ;10 x 13 cm.
Photographic safety negatives
Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Collection
KHAF 497-1
Harbor Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Tide Water Oil Company
Los Altos Apartments (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Perino's Restaurant (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Restaurants--California--Los Angeles
Apartments--California--Los Angeles
Architecture, Domestic--California--Los Angeles--Spanish influences
Dwellings--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Crenshaw Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hancock Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hancock Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Aerial views
Aerial photographs
Williams, Paul R.,1894-1980
Rust, Edward B
Mayo, Luther

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