The Los Angeles Herald Examiner Building photograph album contains 171 original silver gelatin print photographs chronicling
the construction and dedication of the headquarters for the
Los Angeles Examiner--later the
Los Angeles Herald Examiner--in downtown Los Angeles. The building was designed by San Francisco architect Julia Morgan in the Mission Revival and Spanish
Colonial Revival styles. Architects J. Martyn Haenke and William J. Dodd were also involved in the building's design. The
included photographs feature images of the entire process, from digging and laying the foundation to tiling the building's
trademark domes. The album also contains several photographs showing the streets surrounding the building crowded with onlookers
for the laying of the building's cornerstone by William Randolph Hearst and Los Angeles Mayor H. H. Rose.
The photographs in this collection show the headquarters for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner newspaper, located at 146 West 11th Street in the South Park neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles. The location was formerly
occupied by the Giambastiani Fuel Co. Photographs in this album show an old wooden house structure and oil derrick on the
site, presumably left from the previous occupant. The album shows that horses and wagons were used in the construction of
the building, designed by Julia Morgan (1872-1957), the first female architect licensed in the state of California. However,
one photograph in this album throws the question of the building's architect into question. A large banner hanging from the
building during the laying of the cornerstone reads: "J. Martyn Haenke & W.J. Dodd Architects." Scholars dispute to what extent
Dodd, one of the great Midwestern architects, was involved in the design of the building. During this period, Dodd moved to
Los Angeles and designed several buildings with J. Martyn Haenke. According to historians, Hearst was so pleased with Morgan's
Mission Revival design for the Los Angeles Examiner building that he hired her for the now-famous Hearst Castle in San Simeon.
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