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Friday Morning Club, 938-940 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA



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B&W Photos

HB121968
West Front And North Side

HB121969
West Front


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Location
938-940 South Figueroa Street, Los%25252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252BAngeles, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2157
Building/structure dates: 1923 initial construction
Significance: The Friday Morning Club was one of the more prominent women's organizations in the Los Angeles area. The building was constructed to accommodate the growing membership and increased needs of the organization. It was founded in Los Angeles in April, 1891, by Caroline Seymour Severance. She had been the founder and first president of the New England Women's Club in Boston in 1868. Much of the civic and philanthropic work in the developing life of Los Angeles was done by women who were members of the Friday Morning Club. Activities of the Club and its members in its early yeas included: The establishment of kindergartens in the city under the leadership of Mrs. Severance; Founding of the first organized charities in Los Angeles under Mrs. D.G. Stevens, a member of the FMC from 1893 until here death at the age of 93; Development of a Juvenile Court in Los Angeles, led by Mrs. Joseph Sartori, to whom the Club library is dedicated. From the beginning, the Friday Morning Club, under the leadership of Mrs. Severance, was in the forefront of the battle for women's suffrage. The Club library contains correspondence between Mrs. Severance and Susan B. Anthony, dated 1900 and 1901. When suffrage was achieved in California in 1911, Mrs. Severance, at the age of 91, was honored by being the first woman to register in Los Angeles. The Friday Morning Club still occupies the fifth floor of the building, having leased it back from the Society for the Preservation of Variety Arts. The Club still uses the large theater, the main dining room, and other meeting rooms for meetings, lectures, film showings and special occasions. In 1977, the Club sold title to the building to the Society for the Preservation of the Variety Arts. The Society has installed in the building many unique and extensive collections in the field of theater arts. They include the Tracy Keenan Wynn lithograph collection, and rare mint condition strobridge theatrical "three sheet" lithographs dating from 1910-1912, on permanent loan from the University of Southern California Library. These lithographs are displayed in the Theater Roof Garden. The Ed Wynn collection of photographs covers his entire career, and his posters are displayed in various rooms. His awards, correspondence, transcription of radio shows, 1949-1950 television programs, and unreleased film footage are also on file. The Norman Carroll Circus Collection, on permanent loan from the Los Angeles Museum of Science and Industry, is on permanent display in the fourth floor lobby and lounge. ... The SPVA Library is open as a research facility to any serious student of the theater, whether or not he is a member of the club, and is in daily use for that purpose. The building is in active use by the Society for live plays, cabarets, meals, and revivals of early stage and radio dramas. The original significance of the building lies in the development of women's activities in Los Angeles, charitable, cultural and political. With the transfer of ownership to the Society for the Preservation of the Variety Arts, the building continues to play an important role in the preservation of the entertainment arts, both in Los Angeles and as part of our national heritage.

Related Names
Allison & Allison
Severance, Caroline Seymour
Anthony, Susan B.


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. WEST FRONT AND NORTH SIDE
2. WEST FRONT. DETAIL OF ENTRANCE AND WINDOWS.


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