Down These Mean Streets a Man Must Go…

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

Here are a few pics of some notable L.A. landmarks from my trip there a couple weeks ago (previous installments here and here). First, Union Station.

Hard not to walk around this place and not feel like you’ve just been transported into Chinatown.

The Wikipedia article notes it’s a mix of Dutch Colonial Revival, Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne. A few more details.

The station was completed in 1939, so I think it should be added to the list of other miracles to come out of Hollywood that year.

The view from the station’s entrance.

Both Union Station and L.A. City Hall, pictured above, were designed by the father-and-son architectural team of John B. and Donald D. Parkinson. If it had been up to me, I would’ve made them design every building in the city.

We headed to the subway to go across the 101 to Pershing Square.

Pershing Square Station. Hey, it was Sunday afternoon, things were quiet.

Across the street from the subway stop is the Biltmore, the last place where Elizabeth Short a.k.a. The Black Dahlia was seen alive.

A detail from the entrance.

The Rendezvous Room. Everything from Ghostbusters to Mad Men has been filmed here.

The staircase from where I took the above picture.

I love this elevator bank.

Place is pretty breathtaking, isn’t it?

Here’s a picture of the 1% celebrating the hotel’s opening in 1923. Reminds me of the final image from The Shining.

One more before we move on. Although most of Vertigo was shot in northern California, at least one southern California location made it into the movie. This is the 11th floor, looking doooooooown…

While Union Station dates to the late 30s and the Biltmore is from the early 20s, the Bradbury Building, which you might recognize from Blade Runner, was built in 1893.

The wrought iron was made in France (and displayed at the Chicago World’s Fair), the marble for the staircase is from Belgium, and the floor tiles are from Mexico.

Another wonderful elevator.

Some details.

One more of the atrium because it’s just so beautiful.

OK, I’m gonna have a seat next to Chaplain as he sits waiting for people to rediscover his movies.

About Blowhard, Esq.

Amateur, dilettante, wannabe.
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9 Responses to Down These Mean Streets a Man Must Go…

  1. epiminondas says:

    I’ve attended functions in the Biltmore. It is an astonishing piece of architecture. You’ve captured the spirit of it quite well.


  2. Sir Barken Hyena says:

    Actually I think you are yourself kind of mean 😉

    Great photos, thanks.


  3. Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

    Have you seen the documentary “Los Angeles Plays Itself”? I was semi-annoyed by it, but it looks at a lot of these locations from the perspectives of movies and myth-making. You’d probably get something out of it.


    • Blowhard, Esq. says:

      I vaguely remember hearing about it when it came out. Wikipedia says b/c of rights issues it was never released and only played at festivals. I take it there are — *ahem* — less than legal ways of seeing it?


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