Photo [1] Caption: A map of the Hollywood Freeway (part of U.S. Route 101) as it cuts through Hollywood, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy Bing.)

Photojournalist Fred G. Haseney here with his eye on Scientology. The Hollywood Freeway opened in April 1954, connecting the San Fernando Valley to downtown Los Angeles. Its construction, however, necessitated new maps. In Hollywood, for example, before the freeway could pass under Bronson Ave., the corner at Tamarind Avenue and Yucca Street had to give up the ghost. In the map above, Tamarind Ave. is the street that runs to the left, or west side, of the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre International.


Photo [2] Caption: Exterior of Carlos Avenue, which runs east to west (or right to left in this picture), facing Tamarind Avenue as it dead-ends at the Hollywood Freeway, in Los Angeles. Across the street is the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre International, located at 5930 Franklin Avenue.

Little did the surveyors of the early 1950’s know that when the Hollywood Freeway would rearrange the neighborhood along U.S. Route 101, it would be leaving signs warning future generations against the Church of Scientology.

All images (unless otherwise noted) © 2015—2016 Fred G. Haseney. All rights reserved.

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