It’s a well known and painful fact that the development of Los Angeles’ Civic Center took an incredible toll on many the city’s most historic blocks. The entire west side of the 100 block of S. Broadway (photo right) was cleared in the mid-1950s to make way for a nine-story State office building, completed in 1960. Not to be outdone by its new neighbor, the Los Angeles Times razed the opposite side of the block a decade later, replacing it with a monolithic new wing and parking garage (1973) designed by William L. Pereira and Associates. Suffice it to say, the building is decidedly not one of Pereira’s finer works.
The much maligned State Office Building at First and Broadway was razed in 2007. Current plans for the large vacant site call for a federal courthouse complex, though with no imminent construction timeline.
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3. “New L.A. State Building ready for use Dec. 1.” Los Angeles Times. 21 Oct. 1960. B1.
Original photo: “Streetcar on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles – examiner-m2943.” 29 Nov. 1957. Los Angeles Examiner Prints Collection. USC Digital Library. USC Libraries Special Collections. http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assetserver/controller/view/search/EXM-P-S-LOS-ANG-CIT-STR-BRO-012.