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Lincoln Park Lake and boathouse
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
[ca. 1937]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
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.
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.
East Lake Park was dedicated on August 18, 1883, and soon after the park and lake infrastructure and buildings were developed including the conservatories and boathouse, which features a square tower, arched windows and covered walkways. In 1917 the name changed to Lincoln Park. The park deteriorated in the 1960s and the boathouse was threatened with demolition but a grass routes effort led to the development of a cultural center in 1984 called Plaza de la Raza around the restored boathouse, today called the Boathouse Gallery. In 2000 the boathouse was determined eligible for listing in the National Register and was listed on the California Register. Fishing is still permitted and the lake is stocked with trout, but no boating or swimming is allowed. The former site of the demolished carousel is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #153.
The lake glows within the dark lawns and silhouetted trees of Lincoln Park on this cloudy winter day. The boathouse is barely visible to the right of the lake.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-007-953 8x10
Parks--California--Lincoln Heights (Los Angeles)
Lakes--California--Lincoln Heights (Los Angeles)
Urban lakes--California--Lincoln Heights (Los Angeles)
Boathouses--California--Lincoln Heights (Los Angeles)
California Historical Landmarks
Lincoln Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Lincoln Heights (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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