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Argyle Avenue, Yucca Street and Hollywood Boulevard, looking north
Alternative Title
Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Photo Collection
Kelly, Howard D
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Publication Information
Kelly-Holiday.; C.L. Peck Co
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Capitol Records, located at 1750 Vine Street, is a unique 13-story, 150 ft high-rise cylindrical building that was built in 1956 by architect Welton David Becket and contractor C. L. Peck Co. The wide curved awnings over the windows of each floor and the tall spike emerging from the top of the building combine to give it the appearance of a stack of vinyl 45s on a turntable, although it was not originally designed with that idea in mind. The blinking red light on the tip of the rooftop spire spells out the word "Hollywood" in Morse code every few seconds, and has done so since the building's opening in April of 1956.
Aerial view of the Hollywood business district, with the Capitol Records Building visible middle right; view is looking north. Other visible buildings include: Pantages Theater, E.F. Hutton Building, Broadway Hollywood, Hotel Knickerbocker, Guaranty Building, and Hollywood Taft Building. The streets are (diagonally, l to r): Selma Avenue, Hollywood Boulevard, and Yucca Street; and (bottom to top) Gower Street, Argyle Avenue, Vine Street, Ivar Avenue, and Cahuenga Boulevard, to name a few. The Hollywood (101) Freeway is visible along the right. Photograph dated June 16, 1956.
1 negative :safety ;12 x 14 cm.
Photographic safety negatives
Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Collection
KHAF 270-3; GPC_b23_f1_i22 (Photographic print)
Broadway Hollywood
Hotel Knickerbocker (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Capitol Records, Inc
Pantages Theatre (Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Round buildings--California--Los Angeles
Sound recording industry--California--Los Angeles
Buildings--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Streets--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Express highways--California, Southern
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
United States Highway 101
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Aerial views
Aerial photographs
Becket, Welton
Time Period

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