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Monday, September 24, 2007 Big Zigzag Moderne

Driving down Wilshire Boulevard you do notice something from the twenties rising out of modern mishmash of this and that, the Wilshire Profession Building, 3875 Wilshire Boulevard, Arthur E. Harvey, 1929 nine story Zigzag Moderne with penthouse. Those were the days. The base is covered with crappy little businesses now, and long hidden. But the rest is just fine.

Wilshire Profession Building, 3875 Wilshire Boulevard, Arthur E. Harvey, 1929

Zigzag Moderne - "Zigzag Moderne developed from the classical-inspired designs of Bertram B Goodhue, the vertical Gothic schemes of Eliel Saarinen, the forms of the Paris Exposition des Arts Decoratif of 1925, and the early twenties designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. It was also influenced by the developing International style. The principal characteristics of Zigzag Moderne are: smooth surfaced volumes; windows arranged in sunken vertical panels; frequent use of central tower, whose summit recedes in a stepped pattern; a flat roof; symmetry and balance for each elevation; tendency for buildings to be monumental, formal and heavy; ornamentation of zigzags, chevrons, sunbursts, spirals and stylized plant and animal motifs."

Wilshire Profession Building, 3875 Wilshire Boulevard, Arthur E. Harvey, 1929
Wilshire Profession Building, 3875 Wilshire Boulevard, Arthur E. Harvey, 1929
Wilshire Profession Building, 3875 Wilshire Boulevard, Arthur E. Harvey, 1929
Wilshire Profession Building, 3875 Wilshire Boulevard, Arthur E. Harvey, 1929
Wilshire Profession Building, 3875 Wilshire Boulevard, Arthur E. Harvey, 1929
Wilshire Profession Building, 3875 Wilshire Boulevard, Arthur E. Harvey, 1929
Wilshire Profession Building, 3875 Wilshire Boulevard, Arthur E. Harvey, 1929
Wilshire Profession Building, 3875 Wilshire Boulevard, Arthur E. Harvey, 1929

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Technical Note:

Most of these photographs were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  Earlier photography was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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