Looking west on Sunset Boulevard from Gower Street, 1938-2010


Plans to line the entire Hollywood portion of Sunset Boulevard with palm trees were brought to Los Angeles’ City Council as early as 1927. However, it was not until 1931, shortly after the Boulevard had been widened for the last time, that the city began its first large-scale tree planting program on major streets. The young palm trees that were then planted on Sunset Boulevard can be seen in the original photograph, taken just east of Gower Street looking towards the heart of Hollywood. Today, the tall rows of mature palms are arguably the most distinctive physical feature of the largely low-slung street.

1. “Hollywood Will Celebrate Two Street Projects.” Los Angeles Times. 13 Mar. 1931. A7.
2. “O Council, Plant Those Trees.” Los Angeles Times. 2 Nov. 1927. A1.
3. “Vast Planting Plan Launched.” Los Angeles Times. 3 Aug. 1931. A5.
Original photo: “Sunset Boulevard at Gower Street, Los Angeles, 1938 – acsc-m580.” 1938. Automobile Club of Southern California engineering notebook photoprints. USC Digital Library. Automobile Club of Southern California. http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assetserver/controller/view/search/AAA-EN-106-92.

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