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Title
Hollywood Park, hibiscus and palm lined path
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Creator
Schultheis, Herman
Contributor
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
[ca. 1938]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Description
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.
Stiles O. Clements (architect) and Edward Huntsman-Trout (landscape architect) designed the 1938 Streamline Moderne style Hollywood Park, located at 1050 South Prairie Avenue on the northwest corner of Century Boulevard in Inglewood. A fire in 1949 completely destroyed the clubhouse and grandstands. Arthur Froelich designed the replacement structures from steel and concrete making it the most fire resistant track in the nation when it reopened in 1950. In 2009 the city proposed a redevelopment project that includes demolition of the Hollywood Park racetrack/grandstand.
A lush path lined with hibiscus and palms leads through the parking lot to Hollywood Park. The flags above the building might indicate that it is near the time that the park opened in June, 1938. The clubhouse is the circular building on the right.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;15 x 11 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00101555
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-011-071 8x10
CARL0005126149
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/40278
Subject
Betfair Hollywood Park (Inglewood, Calif.)
Racetracks (Horse racing)--California--Inglewood
Clubhouses--California--Inglewood
Flags--California--Inglewood
Palms--California--Inglewood
Hibiscus--California--Inglewood
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Inglewood
Lost architecture--California--Inglewood
Inglewood (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Clements, Stiles Oliver,1883-1966
Huntsman-Trout, Edward,1889-1974

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