I’ve always wondered what filled all those multi-storied buildings in big cities around the turn of the century. The Terminal Building for the Pacific Electric Railway, shown in the below vintage postcard, was such a building. One of its occupants I found to be as interesting as the building itself – The Jonathan Club.
Vintage Postcard of Pacific Electric Railway’s Terminal Building in Los Angeles. Published by Cardinell-Vincent Co.; printed in Germany.
Pacific Electric Railway Terminal Building
The Pacific Electric Building, also known as the Huntington Building, opened in 1905. This ten-floor height building was the largest building in floor area west of Chicago for several decades. It was also the terminal for the Pacific Electric Red Car Lines south and east of downtown Los Angeles.
With the increase in auto traffic in the 1920s, shared streets became congested. In 1922, the California Railroad Commission issued Order No. 9928, which required the Pacific Electric Railway to construct a subway that bypassed these congested streets.
In 2005, the building was converted into live/work lofts. The lobby currently houses artifacts from it’s days as an active railway terminal. It’s nice to know this piece of history won’t be forgotten.
The Terminal Building’s Top Occupant
The top three floors of the Pacific Electric Railway Terminal Building were occupied by one of Los Angeles’ leading businessman’s clubs – The Jonathan Club until 1925. Historical evidence supported this private club’s roots as being named after Brother Jonathan, the caricature predecessor to Uncle Sam.
Brother Jonathan was a good natured parody of all New England who came into use during the American War for Independence. He wore striped pants, somber overcoat, and a stove-pipe hat. Interesting that a club based out west, names itself after a caricature with ties to the east. After 1865, Brother Jonathan’s clothing was emulated by Uncle Sam.
(Many more antique and vintage postcards can be enjoyed by visiting my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.)
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I was sooo excited two weeks ago. I had found the 6th (and final) antique cupid postcard in a series published by PFB! Granted, three of the six weren’t brilliant (gold trim). I was still very happy to know what the image was on the last postcard to find. It was of a cupid with fairy wings standing on the shoulders of another cupid with bird like angel wings trying to reach a clover on a small rock cliff. So darling! I have posted images of all six antique postcards for my blog’s readers. Enjoy these treasured members of my personal postcard collection!
If anyone knows who the artist is for this series, I would be interested to know.
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Ever wonder what became of the buildings on old vintage postcards? Are you curious to know if they still stand? In my previous blog post, I showed two hotels; The Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs, MO and The Durant Hotel in Fling, MI - Hotel Old Vintage Postcards – Then and Now . I continue my series of blog posts on “then and now” old buildings pictured on vintage postcards with the below sanitarium also known as Hell House.
Mudcura Sanitarium, Shakopee, MN Then…
Vintage postcard of Mudcura Sanitarium, Shakopee, MN, postmarked 1939
This building had originally been a sanitarium for rheumatoid arthritics in the early 1900’s. People took mud baths in mud from the nearby sulfur springs in hopes of relief from pain. When this went out of style, it became a monastery.
Mudcura Sanitarium, Shakopee, MN 1997…
Mudcura Sanitarium in 1997 after arson fire
Prior to this suspicious fire in 1997, it still looked very depressing (inside and out). Yes, the floors were unsafe and there was a hole in the roof from a previous fire, but I don’t believe it would’ve been considered a complete tear down.
As for the Hell House designation… At some point after the building was abandoned, someone had painted “hell house” across the top of the front. Kind of fits as the building does look creepy.
Be sure to stop back on August 12th, when I share a curious postcard message.
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