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L.A.'s Bunker Hill in Colour

- Franny Wentzel - Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 : goo

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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.

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This collection is of entertainer-turned-photographer . 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 '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...

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Foss/Heindel House, Bunker Hill Ave.

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221 South Olive Street

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Angels Flight Pavilion

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Up the Angels Flight tracks

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Angels Flight archway

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The Melrose and the Richelieu

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The New Grand Hotel & The Lovejoy

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La Casa de Don Leon

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201 S. Bunker Hill Ave. #1

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201 S. Bunker Hill Ave. #2

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Cars on Bunker Hill Avenue

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S. Bunker Hill Ave. at 4th St.

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The Castle - this building was relocated to another site only to end up getting torched by vandals.

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The Melrose

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Angels Flight Steps

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Lima Apartments #1

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Lima Apartments #2

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City Hall from 2nd Street, Bunker Hill

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246 S. Bunker Hill Ave - Rose's cat #1

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246 S. Bunker Hill Ave - Rose's cat #2

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Behind Bunker Hill

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Sentous Block near Chinatown

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The Astoria, Olive Street near Third

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Sawyer Apartments

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Victor Segno's American Institute of Mentalism

Explore L.A.'s Bunker Hill here...

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Explore George Mann's work 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...

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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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