Wednesday, April 28, 2010

More Before and After Shots of the Ambassador Site

Theresa Inman has been chronicling the fall of the old Ambassador Hotel and the rise of the new school on the site, and periodically sending us some of her great documentation. (She also last year kindly purchased our Ambassador Hotel table, which we ultimately didn't have room for.)

Tess just sent us some great new pics she took of the school -- along with "before" shots of the old hotel's ruins. ABOVE, a pic of the hotel from the early 1950s, along with a shot of the hotel (taken from the same spot) on April 24, 2010.

What's cool: The fact that the original "Ambassador" pylon has been uncovered and restored. The pylon was hidden in the 1970s, when an attempt to modernize the Ambassador included burying it inside a new concrete mega sign.

A relief seen on Wilshire Blvd. -- on March 26, 2006 and then after restoration work, on April 23, 2010.

East side of the Ambassador Hotel in an undated photo; the building, in mid-demolition, in November 2005; and the East side of the new school, on April 24, 2010.

Base of the fountain, on March 26, 2006; and then, restored, on April 24, 2010.

Thanks to Tess Inman for the pics!

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