Rare photographs of a lost time in LA….

I am often to be seen browsing around in old bookshops, or junk shops (now referred to cunningly as “antique shops”!).

It’s that feeling of what you may find in amongst all that bric-a-brac….something that may not be of value, but will strike a chord in your psyche.

And it was exactly a day like that not long ago when I found some really interesting books I had been wanting to read…books that were long out of print and could not be bought anywhere…call it synchronicity or coincidence!

Anyhow, on the subject of things old, I recently came across some photos of old buildings that once adorned the grand city of Los Angeles. These were quite large houses, all with intricately carved woodwork around the doors and windows.

Of course, during the period of modernisation that hit the city around that time, all the old buildings were demolished to make way for ultra-modern high rise apartments.

Take a look at some of them here…I’m sure you’ll like them, especially if you are a Californian!

This house once stood at Bunker Hill, LA

This photo shows the same house as above, being moved to another location.
Unfortunately, it didn’t last long in it’s new location…it was burnt to the ground in the
night by vandals.

Same house in it’s new location before being burnt down in the 1960s.

Downtown LA in the 1920s

..and downtown LA today.

Same house as in photo 1 above, with LA’s first skyscraper looming behind.

Another shot of a mansion in LA….nowhere else in Los Angeles was the architecture so ornate. The mansions were wooden-frame Victorian with Gothic gingerbread touches applied with a heavy hand to simulate masonry

The Bradbury mansion on the corner of Hill and Court Street, LA

Lima apartments, having been turned into a hotel.

Melrose Hotel built in 1882, at Grand /2nd St, LA

…and the same hotel in 1955…..

Sad indeed to see a once beautiful neo-gothic landscape replaced by ugly boxes that are very much cheaper to make, are still making the rich landowners richer, and the poor Joes on the street more and more depressed about living in a city that now feels more like a prison than a home town.

And sadly, that goes for many places around the world, where modernity has decimated cultured living….



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12 Responses to Rare photographs of a lost time in LA….

  1. I like them a lot and I’m not even a Californian!
    BTW that UNION BANK skyscraper is leaning ominously over that poor old house, as if to devour it!

  2. Lottie Nevin says:

    Fabulous photographs. What extraordinary architecture, I’ve never seen anything like it. I remember there was a time when Americans used to buy ancient timber-framed houses from the UK and ship them back to the States to resurrect. I was always fascinated by this idea that you could move a house across the ocean and put it somewhere else. I can’t imagine Tudor in America. There are many things that are not good about the UK but one thing I’m proud of is the fact that there our old buildings and properties are cherished and preserved. I appreciate it more than ever now that I live in Jakarta and see beautiful old buildings just being left to rot. It saddens me. It’s only when these lovely old buildings are gone that they will see what they have lost.

  3. ep says:

    Great photo essay. Sad to see the ugly transformation.

  4. MartyW47 says:

    Very Cool pictures Jak! Town where I grew up is full of painted ladies, I’ll be including them in my photography page as well as some updated pics of a famous architects home and studio….

    • hey, marty!
      thank you very much for your comments, sir!
      ive had so many readers comment on these shots…but as ive been saying…this kinda thing has happened all over the world…all in the name of…progress!
      i shall wait for your shots with anticipation, good sire!

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