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December 2014


A.G. Bartlett Building 1930’s(?)

December 10, 2014
Bartlett 1930s?

The A.G. Bartlett Building at 7th & Spring Streets was originally built by John B. Parkinson and Edwin Bergstrom as the downtown headquarters for Union Oil in 1911. The facade underwent an unfortunate modernization in the 1930s, and the entire building was converted to residential condo’s by Barry Shy in the early 2000’s.

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The City Stupidly Wants To Demolish THIS Iconic Civic Building

December 9, 2014
Parker Center 0

Recently I shot Parker Center for the LA Conservancy as part of their campaign to save it. Opening in 1955 as the Police Facilities Building, it currently awaits an uncertain fate – either expansion or more likely, demolition. (Apologies for the recent array of stories of lost and soon-to-be lost architectural landmarks lately, I promise to feature at least one structure that isn’t facing demolition next week.)

I’ve often favored more elaborately decorated architecture styles like Art Deco and Beaux Arts, but I still enjoy the occasional Mid-Century Modern. Standing alone with plenty of cushion around its perimeter, Parker Center is a grand sight of its own in downtown’s Civic Center. I’ll be honest and admit that the landscaping does make all the difference, especially with the long palms casting their shadows on the facade.

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A Look Inside The Abandoned Roxie Theatre

December 8, 2014

The poor Roxie Theatre has been standing on its last leg for a while now. For the last few years we’ve fawned (and cried) over the now-derelict Art Deco facade. We have seen vintage photos, and the interior was, admittedly, nothing spectacular. The seats and the ticket booth had been torn out years ago, and last we heard the auditorium was full of merchandise boxes and rubble from the shops that occupied the lobby. Never ones to turn down an opportunity to shoot the interior of a movie palace, we waited for our chance to get in. A few months ago, we received a tip that the retail space was being worked on (aka swapmeet expansion) so we ran over to check it out. After pleading with the construction crew, we ran up the stairs in the back of the lobby to see the auditorium.

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