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Griffith Observatory and beyond
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1943
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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In 1896, Griffith J. Griffith donated over 3000 acres of Rancho Los Felis to the City of Los Angeles to create a public park in his name. He then offered the city $100,000 for an observatory to be built on the top of Mount Hollywood in 1912. Designed by architects John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley, Griffith Observatory (2800 East Observatory Road) was completed in 1935. Griffith Observatory was declared Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #168 in 1976. The Department of Recreation and Parks hired project architect Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (now Pfeiffer Partners, Inc.) and associate architect Levin & Associates Architects to design a major renovation and expansion project for the observatory, which was completed in 2006. Griffith Park was declared Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #942 in 2009.; The Astronomers Monument, a sculpture by Archibald Garner, George Stanley, Gordon Newell, Roger Noble Burnham, and Arnold Foerester. Around the base of the monument are the likenesses of 6 astronomers: Hipparchus, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Herschel.
Seen from a nearby (trail to Mt. Hollywood) hillside is the front of the planetarium, the lawn and parking lot, and road leading down from the Griffith Observatory. Los Feliz, East Hollywood, Hollywood and greater Los Angeles is visible in the distance.
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Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Parks-Griffith Observatory; A-004-041 4x5
Griffith Observatory
Observatories--California--Los Angeles
Parks--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Parking lots--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Mountains--California, Southern
Panoramic views
Burnham, Roger Noble,1876-1962
Stanley, George
Foerester, Arnold
Newell, Gordon(Blair Gordon)
Garner, Archibald
Austin, John C. W.(John Corneby Wilson),1870-1963
Ashley, Frederick M
East Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Feliz (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Santa Monica Mountains (Calif.)
Griffith Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Time Period

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