Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Greetings from Broadway in Los Angeles

From Retiring Guy's postcard collection

It took just 9 months to construct the Eastern Columbia Building, just left of center on the postcard.  It opened on September 12, 1930, as the new headquarters of the Eastern Outfitting Company and the Columbia Outfitting Company, furniture and clothing stores.  (Los Angeles Conservancy)

Since 2006, the building houses 140 luxury condominiums, Eastern Columbia Lofts, a $30 million conversion project that won a 2008 Conservancy Preservation Award.  How luxurious?  This 2-bedroom, 3-bath, 3,320-square-foot unit can be yours for $3,980,000.

The Texaco Building, at left, was completed in 1927 and known then as the United Artists Building.  A 1300-seat theater occupies the first 3 levels of the 14-story office building and served as the location for many movie premieres in Hollywood's heyday.    The building was converted into a luxury boutique hotel in 2012, at which time the theater was restored for use as a performance and event space.  The project was included among the 2014 Conservancy Preservation Award recipients.  (How luxurious?  Rates for 2 run from $279 for a small room to $1299 for an Ace suite.)

Other greetings:
Los Angeles Civic Center.  (5/30/2017)
Southern California palm-lined street.  (5/29/2017)
Downtown Los Angeles.   (5/24/2017)
Giant Springs, Great Falls, Montana.  (5/23/2017)
Hollywood Boulevard.  (5/22/2017)
Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.  (5/21/2017)
Brown Derby, Hollywood.  (5/20/2017)
Southern California.  (5/20/2017)
Mojave Desert (Joshua trees).  (5/20/2017)
Rose Hill Motel in Mena, Arkansas.  (5/20/2017)
Will Rogers Ranch.  (5/20/2017)
Grauman's Chinese Theater.  (5/18/2017)
Hollywood Boulevard.  (5/18/2017)
Barstow, California.  (5/17/2017)
California.  (5/14/2017)
Parklabrea Towers, L.A.  (5/14/2017)
La Jolla Children's Pool.  (5/13/2017)
Los Angeles.  (5/11/2017)
Laguna Beach, California.  (5/10/2017)
California.  (5/9/2017)
Los Angeles.  (5/9/2017)
California.  (5/8/2017)
Pomona College, Claremont, California.  (5/7/2017)
La Jolla, California.  (5/6/2017)
Hope, Arkansas.  (5/4/2017)
Bakersfield, California.  (5/3/2017)
Little Rock, Arkansas.  (5/1/2017)
California.  (4/28/2017)
Little Rock, Arkansas.  (4/19/2017)
Superstition Mountain, Arizona.  (4/15/2017)
Tucson, Arizona.  (4/12/2017)
Phoenix, Arizona.  (4/8/2017)
Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah.  (4/8/2017)
Dothan, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
Mobile, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
Anniston, Alabama.  (3/29/2017)

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