Sunday, January 22, 2012

Some photos of the building

Needed a break from this model I'm building for Arch 533 and I figured I'd put a few more up.  These are from April of last year.  I used to have tons of photos until my old hard drive crashed.  I think Jim, jerk that he is, probably downloaded something at and I got a virus.  I wouldn't even have these except they were still on my phone.
I love this shot.  The roundtop windows were one of the first things
I ever notices about this building.  They're only in the two front apartments.
The Kavach Building, seen here hiding in its natural habitat
A view of the back of building as seen from a carnitas place on Beverly
Still hoping someone might recognize this place and be able to tell me something about it.  Barring that, maybe someone out there really wants to finish building a foamcore model of a school.  At this point I'm willing to offer food, booze, or my body as an incentive.  But you only get one.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Old Los Angeles

I'd apologize for not putting anything up here, but I'm pretty sure I'm the only one reading this.  There've only been a dozen hits since New Years, and I think half of them were me looking to see if anyone'd left a message for me.

New cool thing about the mysterious Kavach Building though.  I was looking at the Library of Congress site and found this gigantic"bird's eye view" map of 1909 Los Angeles.  It's right here.  You click on the small map on the right and it shows you close up on the left. You can zoom in and see all the individual buildings.  Its like a pre-computer Google Earth.

Anyway, the Kavach Building is on the map!  You've got to follow the streets around (which can take forever because half of them aren't named and the page loads slow) but I worked my way out from downtown and found it.  The street isn't even named yet (I'm pretty sure it was just a dirt road then), but the building had already been there for fifteen years.  When they built it it must've been way, way out on the edge of the city.  Thats both weird and cool at the same time.

As always, the red square is from me