Upstairs, Downstairs

Upstairs, Downstairs
Upstairs, Downstairs by I Nancy, on Flickr

When I saw this situation, I was reminded of one Alfred Steiglitz’s famous photograph The Steerage. Steiglitz, in his photograph,  perfectly juxtaposes Jewish men in full morning prayer on the lower, steerage, deck of a ship against the more casual crowds in bowlers and straw hats above.

In this scene, I was able to use the lights and hand railings in the bottom part of the image to draw the viewer all the way through and into the scene. With the woman rushing up the ramp set back as well. The upstairs scene needed to take care of itself, as I was concentrated on the woman below and her positioning against to get her lit within the tunnel. I like the man on the left, his face full visible between the bars, and I think he brings a sense of order and meaning to the top image.

The image is divided by  the dramatically stylized art-deco STATION sign that is so characteristic of Los Angeles Union Station. Travelers familiar with Union Station will recognize this sign immediately.

The Border Grill, 1445 4th Street, Santa Monica

The Border Grill, 1445 4th Street, Santa Monica

The Border Grill, chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, is one of my favorite restaurants in the Los Angeles area. On my quest for historic architecture in Santa Monica, I discovered the art-deco beauty of the building that their restaurant inhabits.

Although the sign is new, from 1990, it echos the style of the building on which it sits.

The Border Grill, 1445 4th Street, Santa Monica

The Border Grill, 1445 4th Street, Santa Monica

And a close look up the facade, you can find the detail and beauty of this building.

The Border Grill, 1445 4th Street, Santa Monica

The Border Grill, 1445 4th Street, Santa Monica

I am searching for addition information on the designer and history of this property. Who is JB? If you know, drop me a comment.