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Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, looking east
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 upper left; view is looking east. Some identifiable streets include (vertically): Ivar Avenue, Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, and Santa Monica Boulevard; and (horizontally) Highland Avenue, Cahuenga Boulevard, Vine Street and Gower Street to name a few. The Hollywood (101) Freeway runs horizontally starting along upper left. Photograph dated June 16, 1956.
1 negative :safety ;12 x 14 cm.
Photographic safety negatives
Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Collection
GPC_b23_f1_i24 (Photographic print); KHAF 270-6
Capitol Records, Inc
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.)--Aerial views
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
United States Highway 101
Aerial photographs
Becket, Welton
Time Period

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