Friday, August 15, 2014

Vintage Photo Friday - Then and Now

In our beautiful City of Los Angeles, landmarks are razed, streets are re-named and areas are re-invented.  I have lived here my entire life and have seen many, many changes, some good, some not so good. 
8806 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills - The 1940's, LAPL Archives

I came across this photograph from the 1940s of the building located at 8806 Wilshire Boulevard at Robertson in Beverly Hills.  This multi-use building was probably built in the 1930s when much of this area was developed.  Looks like there was a dance studio, acting and singing school upstairs and a drug store and furniture store downstairs. Maruice Kosloff was an actor and producer in Los Angeles during this time.
Art Deco Details of 8806 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

After a bit more googling, I found some L.A. Times articles about this very school and about Mr. Kosloff!

The exterior of this building has not changed very much.  THANK YOU!
8806 Wilshire Blvd., BH, Present Day, Google Pic
8806 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills - 2013, Google Pic

Now, it appears that there is a furniture store taking up the entire downstairs area and various offices upstairs at 8806 Wilshire Boulevard.  The facade of the building still reveals a handsome and intricate design.   I drive past this building all the time, but rarely take a chance to really LOOK at it.  I will WALK by this building this weekend to notice the exterior decoration.  Remember to stop as you traverse our City and really look at our architecture.  You may have missed something fascinating and historical.
Have a wonderful summer weekend, my friends!

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At 11:55 PM PDT, Blogger ES said...

It'd be good to see some close up photos of the decorative elements of this building if you do get a chnace to swing by :)


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