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Photos and text, unless otherwise noted, Copyright 2006 - Alan M. Pavlik

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These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

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Wednesday, 4 October 2006
Verticals at Hollywood and Vine
Topic: Geometric Shapes
Verticals at Hollywood and Vine
Equitable Building - 1929, by Alexander Curlett - on the northeast corner of Hollywood and Vine, 6253 Hollywood BoulevardA study in composition - the Equitable Building - 1929, by Alexander Curlett - on the northeast corner of Hollywood and Vine, 6253 Hollywood Boulevard - Gothic Deco -

Here's some history -
In 1927, when planning began for the Equitable Building of Hollywood, drug-store magnate Sam Kress envisioned the structure as a direct link between Hollywood and Wall Street. Kress planned to include a brokerage office in the building that would provide this link that he believed was desperately needed for the burgeoning film industry in Southern California. When the building was completed at the end of 1930, it was occupied by a bank on the ground floor with various tenants, including Hollywood agent Myron Selznick, in the upper floors. Selznick's agency represented a who's who of Hollywood stars including Vivien Leigh, Gary Cooper, Laurence Olivier, Boris Karloff and Henry Fonda. The building's namesake, The Equitable Trust Insurance Company, was the prime tenant for the building.

The building's gothic-deco design was the work of architect Aleck Curlett, also responsible for other L.A. landmarks including the Park Plaza Hotel near MacArthur Park and the Irving Thalberg Building at MGM. The building is adorned with exterior artwork, hand carved gargoyles, floral designs and twisting rope trim, some of which had been covered over during previous building renovations. The Equitable Building formed a triumvirate of commercial office towers at the corner of Hollywood and Vine with the Dyas Building and the Taft Building. These three towers, with their imposing edifices and classical aesthetics, became the financial center for the area's film industry from the early-1920s to the mid-1930s. Since its heyday in the early days of Hollywood, the building has been home to numerous tenants and as a result many of the buildings aesthetic amenities were covered over as utility took prominence over design.

Beginning in 2000, the building underwent a two-year restoration program to restore it to its previous grandeur, including replacement of damaged or missing gargoyles and other fixtures and the removal of tile along the first 12 feet of the building's façade. Inside the building, yellow starburst floor tiles were ripped out to reveal original marble floors and above the low-slung ceilings workers found original art-deco panels.

The building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its contribution to the Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment District.
But the building is being converted into THE LOFTS @ HOLLYWOOD AND VINE - scheduled for completion in December 2006 and will provide sixty residential units and five office units. The developer is Palisades Development Group.

M2A Architects did the earlier restoration (more photos at link) -
At one of the most recognizable intersections in the world, the Hollywood Equitable Building was built in two phases in 1929 and 1930. Over the years, the building withstood numerous "renovations, modernizations, and tenant improvements" so little original historic fabric remains on the interior or below the second floor on the exterior.

M2A, working with the Owner, Gilmore Associates, implemented a full upgrade of the building to provide state of the art office suites within the historic envelope. Remaining historic suites and bathrooms were restored, and the lobby returned to its original location and character.

But, most importantly for the National Register Historic District, the original entry and ground floor facades were recreated and commercial activity will be restored to the ground floor. While some original drawings are available of the original facade details, substantial research was conducted into photo documentation as a basis for reconstructing the facade.

The little stone guys stay.

Equitable Building - 1929, by Alexander Curlett - on the northeast corner of Hollywood and Vine, 6253 Hollywood Boulevard


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Tuesday, 3 October 2006
Five Stucco Studies - A Neighborhood School
Topic: Color Studies
Five Stucco Studies - A Neighborhood School

Color Study, Howard Fine Acting Studio, 1445 North Las Palmas Avenue at Sunset Boulevard, HollywoodThe neighborhood school is the Howard Fine Acting Studio, 1445 North Las Palmas Avenue, a few steps south of Sunset, just around the corner from Crossroads of the World. This is a New York conservatory-style professional studio - two stages and one open space, three hundred current students, with Fine and eight additional "master faculty" members.

The site lists those who have studied and are studying with Fine - "Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Diana Ross, Jennifer Connelly, Sela Ward, Billy Campbell, Jon Bon Jovi, Kim Delaney, Elle McPherson, Brooke Shields, Darryl Hannah, Kelli Williams, Alison Eliot, Chris Meloni, Rosanna Arquette, Lee Tergesen, Claudia Schiffer, Jason Priestly, Michelle Williams, and currently Garry Shandling, Salma Hayek, Gerry Butler, Mark Dacascos, David Eliot, Heather Locklear, Richie Sambora, Michelle Kwan, Michael Chiklis, James Belushi, Scott Wolf, Rob Estes, Lori Loughlin, Mark Harmon, Pam Dawber, Maura Tierney, Adrian Pasdar, Heather Tom, Elizabeth Berkeley, Jared Leto, Jack Noseworthy, Danny Nucci, Tisha Campbell, David Faustino, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Estella Warren, and Tori Spelling, among others."

Someone chose the stage name Jack Noseworthy? It must be a Cyrano thing.

Be that as it may, the building is all angles and colors - the stucco work is fine, nothing special, but the colors are startling. These shots are from noon, Tuesday, October 3 - not a celebrity in sight, anywhere. This is an exercise in color and composition.

 

 

 

Color Study, Howard Fine Acting Studio, 1445 North Las Palmas Avenue at Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Study, Howard Fine Acting Studio, 1445 North Las Palmas Avenue at Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Study, Howard Fine Acting Studio, 1445 North Las Palmas Avenue at Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Study, Howard Fine Acting Studio, 1445 North Las Palmas Avenue at Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood


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Updated: Tuesday, 3 October 2006 6:59 PM PDT
Monday, 2 October 2006
Studies in Geometry
Topic: Geometric Shapes
Studies in Geometry
One block in Culver City, Washington Boulevard at Mentone Avenue, mid-September 2006 - a back wall at a Columbia Pictures outbuilding, the lobby of a small graphics firm, mechanicals seen through a glass cover at Premier Motorsport, and looking up.

A back wall at a Columbia Pictures outbuilding, Culver City, California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lobby of a small graphics firm, Culver City, California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferrari F430 engine detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony/Columbia/Tri-Star Studios (formerly MGM), Culver City, California


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Sunday, 1 October 2006
October Los Angeles, Low-End Noir
Topic: Light and Shadow
October Los Angeles, Low-End Noir
Sunday, October 1 - late afternoon, dark and dismal, but warm, with a few drops of fitful something or other from the sky (certainly not rain) - and the scene is the seedy end of Santa Monica Boulevard, east of everything. It's what you see when the town turns all low-end noir. Below these shots are links to the seventeen pages of high-resolution photographs just posted in this weekend's Just Above Sunset, the magazine-format parent to this web log. They are not noir. 

Nadine's Records - Santa Monica Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blank billboard - Santa Monica Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hollywood Architecture - The North Harper Avenue Historic District

Amazing Machines - Things to Do On a Sunday Afternoon in Hollywood, like dropping by the Second Annual Route 66 Highway of Dreams Charity Car Show Sunset Strip Images
Botanicals - Extreme Roses


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Updated: Sunday, 1 October 2006 6:46 PM PDT
Friday, 29 September 2006
Extreme Roses
Topic: Botanical Studies
Extreme Roses
Noted curbside, Alta Drive, Beverly Hills, Friday, September 29 -

Rose, close-up, Alta Drive, Beverly Hills, Friday, September 29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose, close-up, Alta Drive, Beverly Hills, Friday, September 29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose, close-up, Alta Drive, Beverly Hills, Friday, September 29


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