Temples of Trade: Financing the Great Republic Life Building, Los Angeles, 26 March 1923

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In summer 1917, Walter P. Temple and his family were the beneficiaries of an astounding stroke of good fortune.  Oil stumbled upon by eldest child, Thomas, three years earlier on the steep hillside of a 60-acre property Temple purchased in 1912 from the estate of Elias J. "Lucky" Baldwin and which... Continue Reading →

Ticket to the Twenties Themes & Tangents: The Town of Temple’s First Birthday, 28 September 1924

by Paul R. Spitzzeri We're rapidly approaching this coming weekend's Ticket to the Twenties festival, our biggest event of the year, and this series of posts during the week examines notable elements of regional history during the 1920s featuring artifacts from the Homestead's collection. Tonight's post looks at a major factor in greater Los Angeles'... Continue Reading →

On This Day: A Turning Point in Walter P. Temple’s Business Fortunes, 13 January 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The Roaring Twenties was an era of often unbridled enthusiasm and sheer confidence in America's business prospects.  The economic boom that marked the first half of the decade was especially reflected in the astounding growth of greater Los Angeles, with the population mushrooming, the city expanding and suburbia marching relentlessly in... Continue Reading →

No Place Like Home: The Dupuy Mansion, Alhambra, 1920s

by Paul R. Spitzzeri One of Walter P. Temple's longtime friends and business partners was Sylvestre Dupuy, a native of Los Angeles who was born on the Rancho Rosa de Castille.  This property, encompassing today's campus of California State University, Los Angeles, and nearby areas, was granted in 1831 to Juan Ballesteros, but never confirmed... Continue Reading →

From Point A to Point B: The Pacific Electric Railway Alhambra Line Extension to the Town of Temple, 1924

by Paul R. Spitzzeri   Fifty years after F.P.F. Temple became treasurer of the Spring and Sixth Street Railway, a horse-drawn streetcar line that was greater Los Angeles' first rapid or mass transit system (modest though it was), his son, Walter P. Temple attended the opening of the completion of an extension of the Pacific... Continue Reading →

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