Digital Artist Jim Van Schaack has drawings of landmarks of Los Angeles including The Brown Derby, The Casino Ballroom, Los Angeles City Hall and Pan Pacific Auditorium.
The Brown Derby Restaurant
The Brown Derby Restaurant in Los Angeles, California was located on Wilshire Boulevard, some distance from the center of Hollywood. The Brown Derby’s owner was Robert Cobb, creator of the Cobb Salad. His very popular restaurant was a must “hangout” for many Los Angeles and Hollywood celebrities. Sadly, the popular Brown Derby Restaurant was demolished several years ago.
The Casino Ballroom – Avalon, Catalina, California
For at least 7,000 years Catalina Island, just a few miles off the cost of Los Angeles, California, has been inhabited by various native American groups. Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo visited the island in 1542, only 50 years after Columbus first sailed into the Western Hemisphere. In the late 1800’s Catalina Island became an integral part of Southern California. In 1925 the Casino building at Avalon harbor, pictured here, was constructed and has served as the social center of the island since that time. Catalina island today is the destination by sea and air for vacationers from around the world.
Los Angeles City Hall
Los Angeles City Hall, Dedicated in 1928 this classic building stood for nearly thirty years as Los Angeles’s tallest at 440 feet. Because of the earthquake problems in the area there was a maximum height restriction of 150 feet. City Hall was created By three architectural firms, John Parkinson, design, Albert C. Martin, structural and John C. Austin, working drawings. After all these years the building still remains the symbol of Los Angeles.
Pan Pacific Auditorium Los Angeles, California
Pan Pacific Auditorium, A Los Angeles structure, considered one of Americas finest examples of Streamline Modern Architecture, designed by architects Wurderman & Becket, opened on May 18, 1935 hosting over the years, The Ice Capades, The Globetrotters, hockey, basketball, music and political events. It was closed in 1972 when the Los Angeles Convention Center opened. Later it was used in the movie Xanadu starring Olivia Newton John and Gene Kelly. On May 24, 1989 the Queen of Streamline, burned to the ground in one of Los Angeles’ most spectacular fires.