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View of Seventh Street from the Barker Brothers 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 1938
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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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 architectural firm of Curlett & Beelman designed the 1927 Roosevelt Building located at 728 West Seventh Street. This building was designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #355 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.; The architectural firm of Curlett & Beelman designed the 1923 Union Oil Building located at 617 West Seventh Street.; Noonan and Richards designed the 1915 the building located at 600 West Seventh Street, originally known as The Boston Dry Goods Store, a company founded in Los Angeles in 1883, but today called the J.W. Robinson building. Edgar Mayberry with Allison and Allison remodeled in 1934 to have an Art Deco look that still exists today. This building was designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #357.
This view looking east on Seventh Street from the top of the Barker Brothers Building, located at 818 West 7th Street, captures the Roosevelt Building followed by Union Oil on the left or north side of the street, and the light colored Robinson Building on the right or south side of the street.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-263 8x10
Roosevelt Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
J. W. Robinson Co
Union Oil Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Commercial buildings--California--Los Angeles
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Street-railroads--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Seventh Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Curlett & Beelman
Noonan & Richards
Allison & Allison

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