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Title
Griffith Observatory
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
1955
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.; Photograph was edited for publication purposes.
The Astronomers Monument is a large outdoor concrete sculpture on the front lawn of Griffith Observatory that pays homage to six of the greatest astronomers: Hipparchus, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Herschel. Artist Archibald Garner designed the sculpture commissioned by the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP). Garner worked with five other artists (each responsible for sculpting one astronomer) including George Stanley responsible for the "Oscar" statuette. The monument was dedicated November 25, 1934, six months before the Observatory opened.; In 1896, Griffith J. Griffith donated over 3000 acres of Rancho Los Felis to the City of Los Angeles to create a public park in his name. In 1912 he offered the city $100,000 for an observatory to be built on the top of Mount Hollywood. Designed by architects John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley, Griffith Observatory (2800 East Observatory Road) was completed in 1935. In 1976 the observatory was declared Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #168. In 1997 the Department of Recreation and Parks hired project architect Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (now Pfeiffer Partners, Inc.) and associate architect Levin & Associates Architects to design a major renovation and expansion project for the observatory, which was completed in 2006. Griffith Park was declared Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #942 in 2009.
First photograph caption dated August 22, 1955 reads, "Griffith Park Observatory has facilities for envisioning travel in the 21st century. You can take a simulated 'trip the moon.'"
Type
image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;29 x 36 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00115445
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 257
CARL0005309560
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/31591
Subject
Griffith Observatory
Observatories--California--Los Angeles
Astronomers--Statues--California--Los Angeles
Lawns--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Children--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Griffith Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Garner, Archibald
Newell, Gordon(Blair Gordon)
Stanley, George
Burnham, Roger Noble,1876-1962
Foerester, Arnold
Austin, John C. W.(John Corneby Wilson),1870-1963
Ashley, Frederick M

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