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L.A.'s Bunker Hill in Colour
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It's the middle of winter so let's take a trip to La-la land and the lost neighbourhood of Bunker Hill. In the 1870s the area was developed as the city's first great mansion district. After World War 1 the area began a slow decline into low-income boardinghouses and the film noir fantasyland that by the mid-50s city planners deemed ready for the wholesale clear-cutting that was urban renewal.
This collection is of entertainer-turned-photographer George Mann. In addition to documenting the changing landscape he'd developed - amongst other things - the endless loop magnetic tape cartridge technology that was eventually incorporated into friend Bill Lear's 8-track system. He also designed a 3-D viewer for his photosets which he leased out to various LA businesses.
This is a sample of his series of colour photographs taken of Bunker Hill's dying days...
Foss/Heindel House, Bunker Hill Ave.
221 South Olive Street
Angels Flight Pavilion
Up the Angels Flight tracks
Angels Flight archway
The Melrose and the Richelieu
The New Grand Hotel & The Lovejoy
La Casa de Don Leon
201 S. Bunker Hill Ave. #1
201 S. Bunker Hill Ave. #2
Cars on Bunker Hill Avenue
S. Bunker Hill Ave. at 4th St.
The Castle - this building was relocated to another site only to end up getting torched by vandals.
Angels Flight Steps
Lima Apartments #1
Lima Apartments #2
City Hall from 2nd Street, Bunker Hill
246 S. Bunker Hill Ave - Rose's cat #1
246 S. Bunker Hill Ave - Rose's cat #2
Behind Bunker Hill
Sentous Block near Chinatown
The Astoria, Olive Street near Third
Victor Segno's American Institute of Mentalism
Explore L.A.'s Bunker Hill here...
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Nicole: 20th Feb 2013 - 23:50 GMT
Great post Fran, very interesting! The hilliness reminds me of SF.
Franny Wentzel: 21st Feb 2013 - 01:33 GMT
As this 1979 image shows...
Much of the cleared Bunker Hill land sat fallow for years after the demolitions and regrading done in the 1960s. New construction didn't really pick up till the mid-80s and won't be done till maybe 2015.
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