The top photograph shows Wilshire Center as it appeared soon after the 1929 completion of two of its greatest landmarks, Bullock’s Wilshire (left) and the Town House (right). Looming further in the distance is the Gaylord Apartments, now well hidden by the office towers that have risen around it. The contemporary photograph also shows the impressive results of the Wilshire Center Streetscape Project, which installed landscaped medians and hundreds of street trees along Wilshire Boulevard between 1994 and 1996. The partnership which initiated the project has since grown into the Wilshire Center Business Improvement Corporation, which maintains the district’s landscaping to this day.
A history of the Wilshire streetscape project [Wilshire Center BID]
1. Doherty, Jake. “Wilshire Center trees give boost to ‘Streetscape’ project.” Los Angeles Times. 22 May 1994. 6.
2. Gordon, Larry. “Cities Look to the Streets to Improve Their Images.” Los Angeles Times. 11 Feb. 1996. 1.
Original photo: “Chs-m424 – View of Wilshire Boulevard near Hoover, 1920-1929.” Title Insurance and Trust/C. C. Pierce Photography Collection. USC Digital Library. USC Libraries Special Collections. http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assetserver/controller/view/CHS-36682.