Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Bullock's Department Store, Present Condition as Macy's Department Store (July 2013), Oak Knoll Shopping District, South Lake Avenue

So many of us lament about what isn't here anymore....  There are an amazing amount of remnants of the Lost World our early years.  And much of it is here in Pasadena.

Here the children's barber shop inside Bullock's on South Lake Avenue.
Virtually unchanged since the 1950's and still open for business...

Another view; notice the cheery color scheme and the attention to detail.....

What kid wouldn't like to have their hair cut here?

The World Map Ceiling Mural from the Children's Department.......

With an outstanding Art Deco light fixture, original to the design....

Display spaces in the form of cruise ship portals in the Children's Department with the barber shop just beyond........

A beautiful staircase going down to the Lost World, but very much in existence in Our Present Day World......

A wonderful artistic tapestry by a famous artist, however edited back in the day to remove female nudity!  Notice the left edge is folded over to hide the offending female....  This was required back in 1940.........

The vintage elevator bank with etched mirrors over the elevator doors.......

The Cosmetics Department with original mural on the walls, just adjacent to the Men's Department...

Part of the nautical theme of this part of the Men's Department......

The vintage mural in naive style showing the Baldwin Ranch with many details, including the original location of the Arcadia train station.......

Another delightful stairwell.......

The Ceramics and Glass Department.....Still the abode of Lladro and Lalique.......

Our founder, Mr. Bullock......

An original architectural rendering of our mercantile palace, done in the luxurious cruise ship Moderne Style, reminding one of the Normandie or the Queen Mary......

Our founder including a model of an original Bullock's delivery wagon.......

Bullock's store executives along with our founder, Mr. Bullock.  Is there such a spot in Selfridge's Department Store in London today?

Selfridge's on Oxford Street in London is a survivor similar to Bullock's (Macy's) Pasadena.....

A close-up view of the architectural rendering of our architectural mercantile palace.

I think we better spend some money here every once in a while, and not completely depend on our wealthy San Marino neighbors to keep this ship afloat.  I did write to Macy's in New York and to the local manager here about reopening the Bullock's Tea Room with fashion shows, but they've been non committal about promising to comply

I made the case that they need some events here to drive regional business to them and I hope they will listen.  Let us start a writing campaign to convince Macy's to get the Tea Room open and have events.  That should liven up this vintage cruise ship, which if we are complacent will end up sailing on to the rocks, capsize and go under.

What do you think?

6 comments:

  1. My daughter used to get her bangs trimmed every 3 weeks there until she was 10. She at 27, still has a fondness for the barber shop

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  2. I love this building, and I didn't know about the children's barber shop! How charming. I wouldn't mind seeing a tea room there.

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  3. Wonderful posting as usual!
    If not a tea room, maybe I'd go for coffee room instead! :)
    So, who/where do we write at Macy's?

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  4. That's nice arrangements. I like this shops with verity of arrangements. Well a Coffey shop will make this more enjoyable.

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  5. The children's barber shop inside Bullock looks nice.

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