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Hollywood High Science building
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 1937
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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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 building was designed by the architectural firm of Marsh, Smith & Powell and built in 1935 to the cost of $180,000. The sculptured pylon (center), sculpted by Merrell Gage, was dedicated in June 1936 as a memorial to the graduating class of 1936.
View of the entrance to the Science Building at Hollywood High School. The figures in the frieze represent activities of high school life and above the doorway on the right is the bas-relief sculpture designed by sculptor Bartolomeo Mako representing great scientists
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-005-652 8x10
Hollywood High School (Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.)
High schools--California--Los Angeles
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Schools--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Gage, Merrell,1892-1981
Mako, Bartolomeo
Marsh, Smith & Powell

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