The Union Oil Center was completed in 1958 and became the highest building in downtown Los Angeles (mostly thanks to the convenient hill it is situated upon). 
This neighborhood became known for the 19th century oil boom. However, come the ’90s, the building was up for demolition. Saved by Hollywood, this building became the Los Angeles Center Studios complete with a “vertical backlot.” What other SoCal oil buildings have transformed in time? The Huntington has one.  
We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.
Union Oil Center, 1957, Julius Shulman. Getty Research Institute. Julius Shulman Photography Archive.

The Union Oil Center was completed in 1958 and became the highest building in downtown Los Angeles (mostly thanks to the convenient hill it is situated upon). 

This neighborhood became known for the 19th century oil boom. However, come the ’90s, the building was up for demolition. Saved by Hollywood, this building became the Los Angeles Center Studios complete with a “vertical backlot.” What other SoCal oil buildings have transformed in time? The Huntington has one.  

We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.

Union Oil Center, 1957, Julius Shulman. Getty Research Institute. Julius Shulman Photography Archive.

What can you hear at the museum?

Artist Elana Mann creates participatory sonic experiences and invites you to listen in. More on the Iris.

  • How do sounds change depending on your body position, your direction, your eyes open or closed, or the position of the histophone? 
  • Can you imagine sounds coming from the art, architecture, and gardens?
  • If a sculpture could speak, what would it say? 
  • What are sounds you can make with your own body? 
  • Can you hear the tectonic plates shifting underneath your feet? 
  • How are natural and man-made sounds mixing and blending in this environment? 

A list of the sounds that have reverberated through my body, 2013, Elana Mann. Cut photographs on paper. 

I’m all about color, but I love to take people’s portraits. I love getting to know people.

That’s why L.A. is so great. It’s colorful and full of different, interesting people.

Sara (@sara_cath), July 14, 2014.

Where’s your favorite place to take a picture at The Getty?
Up on the staircases, or anywhere you can get interesting angles.
Molly (@mollymgrubbs), July 14, 2014.

Where’s your favorite place to take a picture at The Getty?

Up on the staircases, or anywhere you can get interesting angles.

Molly (@mollymgrubbs), July 14, 2014.

The LA River and its tributaries twist and turn through many neighborhoods in Los Angeles. This concrete creation was a result of not-so-uncommon flooding in the 19th century. The Huntington has proof.
We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.
The Los Angeles River from the Florence Avenue Bridge, 2001, John Humble. J. Paul Getty Museum. © John Humble, Courtesy of Jan Kesner Gallery.

The LA River and its tributaries twist and turn through many neighborhoods in Los Angeles. This concrete creation was a result of not-so-uncommon flooding in the 19th century. The Huntington has proof.

We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.

The Los Angeles River from the Florence Avenue Bridge, 2001, John Humble. J. Paul Getty Museum. © John Humble, Courtesy of Jan Kesner Gallery.

Why should we beware of you?

Because I’m special.

Do you have special powers?

No. I’m just special.


Ivy, July 8, 2014

Getty Center turns into giant art game this Saturday. Come be a part of it!

Getty Center turns into giant art game this Saturday. Come be a part of it!

Have you been here before?
Victoria: I have. He hasn’t.
Allan: She dragged me here.
Is there something specific you brought him to see?
The garden. I don’t have a green thumb. Everything I plant dies. So I like to visit places with plants.
Victoria and Allan, July 8, 2014

Have you been here before?

Victoria: I have. He hasn’t.

Allan: She dragged me here.

Is there something specific you brought him to see?

The garden. I don’t have a green thumb. Everything I plant dies. So I like to visit places with plants.

Victoria and Allan, July 8, 2014

Peaks of downtown Los Angeles’ skyscrapers are framed by the construction of the I-105 freeway meeting the 110. Known as the “Century Freeway,” the 105 was part of the Caltrans 1960s master plan for the freeways in California. However, construction didn’t begin until the 1980s and was not completed until 1993. What did the 110 look like in the 1960s? The Huntington knows.
We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.
[View North, I-105 at I-110, Los Angeles, January 15, 1991], 1991, John Humble. © John Humble, Courtesy of Jan Kesner Gallery. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Peaks of downtown Los Angeles’ skyscrapers are framed by the construction of the I-105 freeway meeting the 110. Known as the “Century Freeway,” the 105 was part of the Caltrans 1960s master plan for the freeways in California. However, construction didn’t begin until the 1980s and was not completed until 1993. What did the 110 look like in the 1960s? The Huntington knows.

We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.

[View North, I-105 at I-110, Los Angeles, January 15, 1991], 1991, John Humble. © John Humble, Courtesy of Jan Kesner Gallery. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Junction of Spring Street and Main Street in what would become Los Angeles’ Fashion District. Dry goods and horsedrawn carriages can be seen in this postcard from 1886. What did this area look like a few blocks away in the late 19th century? The Huntington pictures it.
We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.
Collected photographs and postcards of Los Angeles, 1886, C.C. Pierce & Company. Getty Research Institute.

Junction of Spring Street and Main Street in what would become Los Angeles’ Fashion District. Dry goods and horsedrawn carriages can be seen in this postcard from 1886. What did this area look like a few blocks away in the late 19th century? The Huntington pictures it.

We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.

Collected photographs and postcards of Los Angeles, 1886, C.C. Pierce & Company. Getty Research Institute.

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CA trip 2014 - Getty Center, LA 0510


A view from the Central Garden looking up. Lovely!

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CA trip 2014 - Getty Center, LA 0510

A view from the Central Garden looking up. Lovely!

Here is a view of 1970’s downtown L.A. (you can see City Hall poking out of the crowd on the right side) as buildings were getting taller, and taller, and taller. For a view that really shows this little developed area as an island, look what The Huntington just posted.
We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.
[View of the Los Angeles Music Center and the Los Angeles Civic Center], 1971, Julius Shulman. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute

Here is a view of 1970’s downtown L.A. (you can see City Hall poking out of the crowd on the right side) as buildings were getting taller, and taller, and taller. For a view that really shows this little developed area as an island, look what The Huntington just posted.

We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.

[View of the Los Angeles Music Center and the Los Angeles Civic Center], 1971, Julius Shulman. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute

Happy birthday Charles Eames, who was born today in 1907! Charles, together with his wife Ray, made a huge impact on midcentury modern design. He’s shown here sitting in his house in Los Angeles that they designed as part of the legendary Case Study House Program. 
Photograph made in 1959, Julius Shulman. The Getty Research Institute

Happy birthday Charles Eames, who was born today in 1907! Charles, together with his wife Ray, made a huge impact on midcentury modern design. He’s shown here sitting in his house in Los Angeles that they designed as part of the legendary Case Study House Program. 

Photograph made in 1959, Julius Shulman. The Getty Research Institute

voicesofthedrought:

"We have temporarily turned off some of our fountains to conserve water during this time of drought. Turning off the fountains saves nearly 2,500 gallons a day." #DroughtVoices
From the Instagram of The Getty.

A bonus is that this has invited closer looking and appreciation of the rock forms and textures. And check it, we’ve discovered a skull in the fountain! 

voicesofthedrought:

"We have temporarily turned off some of our fountains to conserve water during this time of drought. Turning off the fountains saves nearly 2,500 gallons a day." #DroughtVoices

From the Instagram of The Getty.

A bonus is that this has invited closer looking and appreciation of the rock forms and textures. And check it, we’ve discovered a skull in the fountain! 

Beautiful work by architect Richard Meier! The curves at the entrance of the museum are designed to soften the grids created by the travertine squares.

Beautiful work by architect Richard Meier! The curves at the entrance of the museum are designed to soften the grids created by the travertine squares.

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