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Garden at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel
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.
Commissioned by Walker G. McCarty, the 1926 hotel was designed by Walker and Eisen in the Beaux-Arts style. Located at 9500 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, the structure features steel-reinforced concrete construction finished with brick and terra cotta. In 1971 the garden, tennis courts, and pool were converted to a private street known as the El Camino Real, and the Beverly Wing, designed by Welton Becket and Associates was added. The hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
A path leads under a trellis and through a formal garden. The Beverly Wilshire Hotel is seen in the background.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-008-020 8x10
Beverly Wilshire Hotel (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
Hotels--California--Beverly Hills
Gardens--California--Beverly Hills
Garden walks--California--Beverly Hills
Trellises--California--Beverly Hills
Palms--California--Beverly Hills
Landscape architecture--California--Beverly Hills
Eclecticism in architecture--California--Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Walker & Eisen

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