Looks like the tallest building in L.A. was under construction, the City Hall. For years that was the tallest building until about 50 years ago when the height limit was "lifted".
You can see the yet-to-be-finished Los Angeles City Hall building in the center of the frame.
That building was completed in 1928 and until 1964, was the tallest building in L.A.
That building, less it's very distinctive top, served as the Daily Planet building for the Superman TV series starring George Reeves.
Looks like someone is working on the car that is double parked
All of those neat Victorians in that area are gone now. Too bad.
Getting rid of old architecture allows more room for strip malls and vinyl siding !
Just like getting rid of old cars makes more room for new "blob" cars and SUV's !
Used to see The Pointy Building on TV every week.
Just the facts, ma'am.
Is that the Coast Federal Savings building in the foreground?
I seem to remember Joe Friday's sidekick Ben Alexander owning a Ford dealership in LA?
The large building behind the houses was the hall of justice with courtrooms and a jail inside.
I appreciate that you sent me pictures of the Montrose bowling alley where my dad set pins in the 40s.
Great TV back in the early fifties and now here are the facts:
Dragnet, acclaimed for its attention to detail and realistic portrayal of the nuts and bolts of police work, was created by its star, Jack Webb. It started Joe Friday out as a radio drama in 1949, made the transition to television in 1951 (and aired in both media simultaneously through 1957), became a feature film in 1954, spawned a revival TV series and made-for-TV movie in 1966, was spoofed in a 1987 movie starring Dan Akroyd and Tom Hanks, and was spun off yet again (after Webb's death) as a new syndicated series in 1989.
Jack Webb's 'Joe Friday' character typically used the phrase "All we want are the facts, ma'am" (and sometimes "All we know are the facts ma'am") when questioning women in the course of police investigations. Freberg's "Little Blue Riding Hood" spoof changed the line slightly, and it was Freberg's alteration — rather than anything Joe Friday said — that would enter the roll of immortal catch phrases: "Just the facts, ma'am."
All that being said, I like the early photo of LA much better than what they came up with, but then again, they didn't ask me.
Not much of a view these days from that spot at street level.
In the aerial view, the Hall of Justice is undergoing a major renovation and is all wrapped up.