UGLY NORDHOFF BECOMES BEAUTIFUL OJAI (Oct, 1923)
Charlie, here is the same scene from the bottom of the page at Google Maps.
UGLY NORDHOFF BECOMES BEAUTIFUL OJAI
By C. MORAN
THE transformation of a shack-and-shanty town into a place of architectural delight, virtually overnight, is the accomplishment of the citizens of Ojai, Calif. Cement turned the trick.
The town—formerly called Nordhoff— was a typical frontier settlement. Ramshackle buildings lined the main street. Treacherous mud-holes filled the road. Then, as if touched by a magic wand, the town was changed into a thing of beauty.
Outdoor Community Elevator / Three-Wheeled Auto (Oct, 1924)
The Hollywood High Tower elevator is still there and still in use.
To that let me add this aerial view from Google Maps.
Outdoor Community Elevator Serves Dwellers on Lofty Hillside
Rising like the tower of a Spanish mission from a hillside in Hollywood, Calif., is a unique community elevator which residents have built to solve the problem of getting to their homes. The tower, surmounted by an artistic cupola, rises from a practically level street to a height of about 100 feet. About one-third of it is located in a concrete shaft within the hill. The elevator itself is reached through a fifty-foot tunnel cut in the solid rock, is electrically operated and controlled with a push button by the user.
Brick Lion Guards City Hall (Mar, 1930)
While it does have that whole Minecraft/8-bit look about it, that is a pretty terrible rendition of a lion.
Brick Lion Guards City Hall
AN INTERESTING illustration of what can be done with common, ordinary brick is demonstrated by the modernistic lion that guards the door to the City Hall in Ruestringer, Germany. Several thousands of brick were required to make this figure which is an integral part of the structure. The irregular spacings provided the greatest difficulty but were overcome by a miniature scale model. This is but one example of the many uses to which brick are being put.
Super Terminal for Trucks (Sep, 1947)
I grew up right near this building and it really is quite massive. It is now one of UPS’s main hubs in Manhattan.
Super Terminal for Trucks
Colossal union truck terminals like this will help reduce the paralyzing congestion of city streets.
By William Winter
IF ANYTHING bothers the people of the New York metropolitan area as much as the significance of the A-bomb, it is their diabolical traffic problem. Having tried bridges, vehicular tunnels, and express highways, the Port of New York Authority is now doing something spectacular about the 2,500 intercity buses and 5,000 trucks that daily jam the city streets.
BUILDING IS MODELED AS BIRTHDAY CAKE (May, 1929)
I remember this building from when I lived in Minneapolis. It was built by Wilber Foshay, a utility magnate who was later convicted for running a pyramid scheme. Check out the Wikipedia entry for an interesting story about its dedication celebration. Apparently Foshay hired John Philip Sousa compose a march for the occasion but it was only played that one time because his check to Sousa bounced. It wasn’t until some investors in Minnesota paid his bill that it was heard again.
It seems like every time I read about Sousa it has something to with copyright or music piracy.
BUILDING IS MODELED AS BIRTHDAY CAKE
SUGAR and flour were used in building up the birthday cake model of the Foshay building pictured in the photo at the right. The Foshay tower, built in the city of Minneapolis, was recently described in the pages of Modern Mechanics. The birthday cake held the center of the table at a dinner given in San Francisco to celebrate the opening of the W. B. Foshay building in that city.