NHPRC Grant Helps to Restore Edward H. Fickett’s Los Angeles
Thanks to a recent NHPRC grant, USC Libraries archivists are processing the papers of mid-century architect Edward H. Fickett FAIA. The project will make available a wealth of historic photographs and drawings revealing Fickett's vision for buildings that have become emblems of Southern California architecture and mid-century living.
Included in the collection are a number of architectural photographs that reflect Fickett's aesthetics and the sensibilities of mid-century design. Protecting Fickett's original vision for his buildings has been a key concern in historic preservation debates over the Hollywood Riviera apartments at 1400 N. Hayworth Avenue in West Hollywood.
In 1954, photographer George de Gennaro captured dramatic images of the Hollywood Riviera's pool and courtyard. His photos of the Hollywood Riviera courtyard reveal the play of light and shadow on the mid-century architecture, pools, and palm trees that have become visual shorthand for L.A. life.
De Gennaro's original 1954 photographs of the Hollywood Riviera were recently digitized by USC Libraries archivists as part of this NHPRC-supported project. Curbed L.A. has recently featured a number of photographs showing what the apartments look like today.
Keep checking Libwire for project updates and more photographs and architectural drawings documenting Fickett's visions for Southern California living. Later this summer, we will launch a map interface showing the locations of selected Fickett projects in Southern California and Baja California.
Further information is available online about grant programs offered by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to protect America's documentary heritage.