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John Vilelle Stereo Transparencies
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Vilelle Stereo Transparencies
    Dates: 1954-1987
    Collection Number: 2019-005
    Creator/Collector: Vilelle, John (1897-1981)
    Extent: 34 Kodachrome stereo transparencies
    Repository: Sherman Library and Gardens
    Corona del Mar, California 92625
    Abstract: This collection consists of Kodachrome stereo transparencies of The Arches Café, John Vilelle in his garden, and the Mariner's Mile section of Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach.
    Language of Material: English


    This collection is open for research. The collection includes a set of reference prints made from the transparencies

    Publication Rights

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the Sherman Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The Sherman Library do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    John Vilelle Stereo Transparencies. Sherman Library and Gardens

    Biography/Administrative History

    John Vielle (1897-1981) was born in Santa Ana in 1897. His family moved to Newport Beach about 1906. Vielle worked in a sugar mill and in the oil fields until 1926, when he and a business partner opened a gasoline and service station. The station was named The Arches after its distinctive architectures. Located on land purchased by John Vilelle's father, the service station was on the corner of the newly opened Coast Highway and Balboa Avenue in Newport Beach. Vilelle's business partner left after a brief time. Vilelle eventually added a restaurant next to the service station, which became a popular spot for both locales and Hollywood actors visiting Newport Beach. In 1955, Vilelle sold The Arches restaurant to Bob Batchelor.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection consists of Kodachrome stereo transparencies of The Arches Café, John Vilelle in his garden and the Mariner's Mile section of Pacific Coast Highway. The collection includes fifteen images of The Arches Café, which Vilelle founded in 1926 and sold in 1955. A single image is dated 1954. The other transparencies of The Arches Restaurant are undated exterior shots of the building during a remodeling, ca. 1956. Most images of the Mariner's Mile section of Pacific Coast Highway were taken from Vilelle's home at 230 Ocean View Ave., which overlooked Pacific Coast Highway. Two of the images show buildings along Pacific Coast Highway burning on the night of January 11, 1975. Several other images taken later show the damage wrought by the fire, which was the largest fire in the city of Newport Beach up to that time.

    Indexing Terms

    Newport Beach (Calif.) – Restaurants - The Arches
    Disasters – Fires John Vilelle
    Newport Beach (Calif.)
    stereo transparencies