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General Harrison Grey Otis statue, MacArthur Park
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection
Laskey, Anne
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger; This collection is comprised of approximately 1,000 slides capturing buildings along Wilshire Boulevard. The slides were taken during Tuesday afternoon walks in 1978-1979 by Marlene Laskey and her 15-year old daughter Annie, who was the primary photographer. Marlene (1933-1989) was a Michigan native who moved to Los Angeles in the 1950s and became a Los Angeles historian and architecture enthusiast. At the time of her death from cancer, Marlene was working on a Master of Urban Planning degree at UCLA, and was an interviewer for UCLA's Oral History program.
MacArthur Park, created in the 1880s under the name Westlake Park, was later renamed in honor of General Douglas MacArthur. By the 1890s, it was a vacation destination surrounded by luxury hotels; in the early part of the 20th Century, the area became known as the Champs Elyse´es of Los Angeles. MacArthur Park has been designated City of Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #100.; Originally, there were three figures (seen here), but the soldier has since been lost, apparently hit by an automobile, and placed in storage at the Otis Art Institute.
A statuary group, sculpted by Paul Troubetzkoy in 1920, depicting General Harrison Grey Otis, a soldier, and a newspaper boy. The plaque embedded on the rock beneath General Otis' feet reads, "General Harrison Grey Otis. 1837-1917. Soldier, Journalist, Friend of Freedom. Stand Fast, Stand Firm, Stand Sure, Stand True." This view captures the lake after it was drained in May 1978.
1 slide :color ;5 x 5 cm.
Photographic color slides
Marlene & Anne Laskey Wilshire Boulevard Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection
Otis, Harrison Gray,--1837-1917--Statues
Statues--California--Los Angeles
Parks--California--Los Angeles
Drained lakes--California--Los Angeles
Lakes--California--Los Angeles
Urban lakes--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Westlake (Los Angeles, Calif.)
MacArthur Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Photographers Collection photographs
Marlene Laskey/Wilshire Boulevard Collection photographs
Trubet?s?koi?, Pavel Petrovich,kni?a?z',1866-1938

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