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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

The Abbey

The Abbey

"For Aunt Annie, Compliments of Mayme".

My grandmother had this photo of a boarding house in Los Angeles in her photo collection. I suspect the photo was given to her grandmother, but I never heard any stories about the photo - I first saw the photo long after she died. Taken by "Mr. B. Howard, View Photographer, 147 South Main St., Los Angeles CAL".

I managed to figure out the location of the house from a few clues in the photo, but I'd be curious what other details folks can gather from it! View full size.

Old LA

People interested in old Los Angeles of the 1900s and its parks and buildings might be interested in this site:

http://www.csulb.edu/~odinthor/essalist.html

It consists of several "essays" which accompany old post cards of buildings and locations in and around Los Angeles. The author, Brent C. Dickerson has invented a family to go with the photos and the stories in the album. On the link above scroll down to Index of "A Visit to Old Los Angeles".
Great old buildings in Downtown and Bunker Hill, Broadway, etc.

Location

It's my photo. The address on the building is 232; the sign behind it for the "City of Paris" store suggests this is 232 S. Hill St. The gothic building behind and to the right would be the old City Hall. This site would have been a block from the Angel's Flight train up Bunker Hill.

There's lots of photos of the old mansions of Bunker Hill that got converted into boarding houses, then flop houses, and finally torn down by the 1950's. I suspect this one disappeared sooner than others because it was in downtown proper.

"That's Abbey, Abbey Normal"

The Abbey was at 232 S Hill Street, behind the old city hall on Broadway. The (under-prolonged-repair) Angel's Flight funicular railway may one day again ascend Bunker Hill from the next block south.

Atop Angel's Flight

The Abbey, a boardinghouse at 232 South Hill Street, is now a parking lot. Most of Bunker Hill was razed in the 1950s and 1960s.

Likely long gone

If it's Los Angeles, it's probably a parking lot or some modern structure. The city isn't very kind to history. From the way people are dressed it looks like 1890-1900's. I would love to see more old photos of LA

 
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