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A heretofore unknown William Allen? Cool. He had mostly done Hollywood apartment buildings before this (the Marcelle, the Mayfair, the Lido) and got into small housing by the late 30s; I think the first Allen & Lutzi project was South Gate Civic Center plan in ‘42, and the Burbank City Hall around the same time of course. Then they did Rodger Young Village, and a bunch of fire stations, and medical buildings through the 50s until their modernist masterpieces like the Alhambra City Hall, civic buildings in Norwalk and Montebello, through the 60s. No idea about the theater. Even did the superior court County bldg in Compton in '78, which is a stone’s throw from the old Compton Theater.
Go here for a 1963 image of the Granada—
This is an image from this movie http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15799coll88/id/1429/rec/1 recently digitized by USC from the City Archives.
Here’s a shot of the Gordon, ca January 1975—
Here’s a shot ca. January 1975 showing the original configuration of the neon.
Here’s a link to a shot of the Town in October ‘55 — https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5668/22294085863_54e106057f_o.png
From the Getty Archives, Leonard Nadel Collection, under “Traffic, Land Use, Housing and Street Conditions, Shopping”
The architects for the Bear/Lux were none other than Train & Williams, who built all sorts of things: http://www.flickriver.com/photos/michael_locke/sets/72157631603322678/
Here’s an image of the Central from one of the recently-uploaded Palmer Conner collection online at the Huntington. March 10, 1955:
I have seen 439 and 441 listed as its address, but its address was 447/449, as per the Baists map. The flattened facade from Joe Vogel’s 2009 comment seems to remain here, though modernized, in this ca. 1957 slide image.
The 1951 Sanborn has this restaurant as 449/451, though a sign on it says 447. I keep looking at that ghost sign to see if I can ascertain “COL” as the first three letters of “College”…
Hello everyone, I came up with some images of the Compton and’ve put them online for all to enjoy — View link
According to city records, the 444/SilverCity bldng was constructed in 1987.