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Porch at the Rancho Aguaje de la Centinela adobe
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
Circa 1937
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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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.
Known as the "Centinela Adobe", this ranch house is considered one of the best preserved smaller adobes in Los Angeles County. Built in 1834 by Don Ignacio Machado, it was the headquarters of Rancho Aguaje de la Centinela. The Centinela Adobe is considered the birthplace of Inglewood, the modern city which was formed upon the land grant. Today the Historical Society of the Centinela Valley, in cooperation with the Inglewood Recreation and Community Services Department, maintains and exhibits the Centinela Adobe Complex at 7643 Midfield which includes the Adobe, 1887 Daniel Freeman Land Office and the Centinela Valley Heritage and Research Center.
This view down the covered porch captures the combination of adobe and board and batten construction as well as the wood carved doorways, an interesting light fixture and a clay jar hanging on a rope from the roof of the Rancho Aguaje de la Centinela.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-007-342 8x10
Centinela Adobe (Inglewood, Calif.)
Adobe houses--California--Inglewood
Architecture, Domestic--California--Inglewood--Spanish influences
Rancho Aguaje de la Centinela (Calif.)
Inglewood (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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