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Busby Berkeley residence, West Adams
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
Rights Information
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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.
In 1910, leading vintner Secondo Guasti commissioned Hudson & Munsell Architects to design the mansion in the Beaux Arts and Italian styles. Around the time this photograph was taken, the home was purchased by Busby Berkeley, who turned the basement wine cellar into a film editing studio. Then in 1944, the Los Angeles Physicians Aid Association acquired the property as a retirement home. Since 1974, this Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument has been owned by the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA) and serves as a facility for seminars, retreats, and classes.
Exterior view of a large two-story Beaux Arts and Italian style home at 3500 West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-005-016 8x10
Berkeley, Busby,--1895-1976--Homes and haunts
Dwellings--California--West Adams (Los Angeles)
Eclecticism in architecture--California--West Adams (Los Angeles)
Architecture, Domestic--California--West Adams (Los Angeles)--Italian influences
Lampposts--California--Los Angeles
Driveways--California--West Adams (Los Angeles)
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Adams Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
West Adams (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Hudson & Munsell

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