|1883-1884 City Directory listing for Beaudry's house/office on New High Street|
|Detail of Beaudry's former home at 501 New High Street in 1906 Sanborn Map. |
Do note that it is now identified as a paint shop, with a dwelling on the second and third floors.
|1916 blurb placing the Union Rescue Mission's Spanish-language branch at 501 New High Street|
Several paragraphs later, Shippey added "And all are of things which soon must pass away before the onrush of progress. Within a few years most of the things pictured in this collection will be only memories to the people who possess such pictures as Millier's - and not even memories to most of us." (City Hall was dedicated nearly nine weeks later and the plans for Union Station were under way. The original plan was to wipe out the entire Plaza, but that's an even longer story and the main character is Christine Sterling.)
Three months later, Shippey's column revisited 501 New High Street. In part:
Some months ago we were walking with Arthur Millier, the artist, when he stopped before the three-story house on New High Street which bore the name of the Moctezuma Restaurant, and began to sketch.
"There is something really beautiful, really interesting," he exclaimed. "There is some real art on that simple, friendly house front."
We wondered what the history of the place was, but no one we asked then knew anything about it.
Mexicans who knew nothing of the history of the place were living there then, and it had not been used as a restaurant for a long time. But the interior of the house was as interesting as the exterior, full of quaintness and beauty in a setting of brick and adobe. This was discovered recently by some folks who wish to start a tea-room close to the City Hall, and now the old place is being refurnished as an early-day Los Angeles home.
The new lessees say the house was built by Prudent Beaudry, Mayor of Los Angeles in 1875. Beaudry also was one of the first real estate promoters here, and is credited with being the first to start selling real estate on installments. He made and lost three fortunes and then got busy and made a fourth. He had a store in the Beaudry Block on Temple Street and launched a cable car line. [Shippey got the street wrong, per my last entry.]
But isn't it rather encouraging to be reminded that the City Hall may result in the rehabilitation instead of the destruction of landmarks? There simply can't be anything lovable about a city in which everything is new. It is the old, the historic, the things one has grown used to, that make a city lovable.
|Snippet from Shippey column referencing Prudent Beaudry's house|
As you can see from the clipping, the Moctezuma Restaurant was also a clean match for Beaudry's narrow three-story house.
Unfortunately, Shippey's first prediction ultimately proved correct. Water and Power states that Beaudry's humble house was torn down in 1931. (In between, it housed La Bombilia Restaurant in 1930.)
|Detail of 501 New High Street from 1906-1950 Sanborn map|
The 500 block of New High Street no longer exists, of course. Like a depressingly high number of other things in Los Angeles, it disappeared under a parking lot many years ago (most likely in the 1950s when the freeway wiped out much of what surrounded the Plaza).