(Today, Fred G. Haseney, your West Coast Correspondent, takes you on a “walkabout” designed to show you that the Center For Inquiry Los Angeles is just a (really long) stone’s throw from Scientology Incorporated’s (“SI”) West Coast headquarters, the Pacific Area Command Base (aka “PAC Base” or “Big Blue”). It’ll show you just how close authors Tony Ortega and Paulette Cooper will be from SI on May 17, 2015.)
The closest I can come for an address to what has been called “the Main Building,” at least in 1977 when I studied “church doctrines” in its second floor (and where I met my first ghost), is for the Church Scientology International, 4833 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029. The Main Bldg’s address is listed at Google Maps as the Church of Scientology, 1308 L Ron Hubbard Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Formerly the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital (“… after the religiously significant Lebanon Cedar, which were used to build King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem in the Bible…”—Wikipedia). I took this photo on Fountain Ave., looking north.
This is Scientology Incorporated’s (“SI”) West Coast headquarters, the Pacific Area Command Base (aka “PAC Base” or “Big Blue”). The tallest of the buildings (to the right) and the one on which the “Scientology” cross sits, is the Main Bldg. From 4833 Fountain Ave., I walked east to L. Ron Hubbard Way (formerly known as “Berendo St.). I walked north on LRH Way, past the American St. Hill Organization (“ASHO”) and Los Angeles Org (“LA Org”). ASHO is housed in the building shown in the center of the picture; LA Org extends north from ASHO to the left in this photo. The white building to the right of PAC Base is part of the Self-Realization Fellowship Hollywood Temple, 4860 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027. I took this photo on Sunset Blvd., looking south.
When I crossed Sunset Blvd., walking north from LRH Way and took a left (walking west), I’d arrive at the newly-renovated Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, 4733 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027.
When I crossed Sunset Blvd., at LRH Way, however, I took a right and walked east a short distance to an alley that runs through Kaiser Permanente (their Emergency Room is accessed by a private access road-aka East Barnsdall Ave-that parallels Sunset Blvd., at the end of the alley. This “alley” is, I believe, Berendo St., as it is a street broken by Barnsdall Park (see the hill and foliage at the end of the alley). In photographs of Barnsdall Park from the 1940s, the park extended to Sunset Blvd., as the hospital didn’t break ground until later. I shot this photo from Sunset Blvd. looking north.
This shot is of the private access road-aka East Barnsdall Ave-that parallels Sunset Blvd., looking eastward. These stairs are part of a side entrance to Barnsdall Park.
I took this shot at the top of the stairs as seen in the last photo. The structure we’re looking at houses art classes delivered for children and adults at Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027. This large complex also features an art gallery and wine tastings. In this shot, I’m facing westward. When I ascend the stairs, I’ll walk along the railing to the furthest point, or the center in this picture, from where I’ll shoot the next photograph.
I took this at the end of the landing in the last photograph. Here, I’m facing south, and have zoomed in over the alley I just walked from Sunset Blvd. to the private access road behind Kaiser Permanente, which can be seen to the right in this photo. Kaiser operates in the building on the other side of the alley, in the building to the left in this photo. The blue building is part of the Big Blue: the Advanced Organization of Los Angeles (“AOLA”).
This is a newly-restored masterpiece, Barnsdall Park’s crowning glory: Hollyhock House, “designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, a National Historic Landmark, Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, and on the National Register of Historic Places in Los Angeles.” (Wikipedia). Aline Barnsdall, an oil fortune heiress, commissioned this site in 1915 when the park, planned on Olive Hill, housed an olive grove of over 1,200 trees. This shot is facing south; Kaiser can be seen in the distance on the left.
This photo is a paradise of shady evergreens that dot the top of Barnsdall Park. This photo faces north, with Hollyhock House to the left.
At the other side of the evergreens as seen in the last photo is a set of stairs down to an upper level parking area for the Barnsdall. I took this shot from the top of those steps; looking north is the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles (and where the late Mary Sue Hubbard and her fluffy dog lived after Mary Sue’s release from prison). In the hills behind that district: Griffith Park, with the “Hollywood” sign in the distance.
Here I stand at the entrance to Hollyhock House, looking west, through an open air section of the structure, at Hollywood (to the right in the photo). The skyscrapers off in the distance are, most likely, part of Century City; beyond that, Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean.
Here I stand in Barnsdall Park, facing east. Not part of this photo (but off to the center right) is Scientology Media Center. The long red bus center right is part of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”; this bus is part of their “Rapid” service), in layover on Vermont Ave. Between Vermont and
Barnsdall Park is the Barnsdall Square Shopping Center. Barnsdall Park, incidentally, used to extend as far east as Vermont Ave; Barnsdall Square has been in existence for only a few decades.
A few photos ago featured the famed “Hollywood” sign; this photo, taken from about the same spot at the top of the steps in Barnsdall Park, is just east of that picture. It again highlights the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles (the Hollywood Hills actually begin some blocks to the west). Here, I’m looking north again, and this time can see Griffith Observatory, the crowning glory of Griffith Park. Above and behind the Observatory (and to its right in this photo) is Mt. Hollywood.
Here I stand on Hollywood Blvd., looking south at Barnsdall Park; its art gallery building is the one just to the right of center. This shot sees a lower level parking area; there are stairs to the art gallery, Hollyhock House, etc. that begin to the left in this photo. Behind me is the Center For Inquiry Los Angeles, as will be seen in the next photo.
Here, on May 17, 2015, authors Tony Ortega and Paulette Cooper will make a public appearance at a speaking engagement. We’re looking at both the Steve Allen Theater (a “venue for vanguard film & performance”-Google Maps) and the Center For Inquiry West (a “secular, science-based book & gift store”-Google Maps); both facilities are located at 4773 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027. Notice the street sign to the right (“1800 N. Berendo St.”). I’m facing Berendo St., looking east, with Hollywood Blvd. to my right. Berendo Street is known as L. Ron Hubbard Way, just about a block away from the Center For Inquiry (on the other side of Barnsdall Park).
Will the book store at the Center For Inquiry have copies of books by authors Ortega and Cooper for sale?