While decay and redevelopment have destroyed many blocks between Westlake and Downtown Los Angeles, the three buildings above have fortuitously survived as a subtle reminder of their neighborhood’s better days. The hipped-roofed building at the left is the oldest in this view, completed around the turn of the 20th century. As the residence was originally set back from the sidewalk, its storefront addition was built at a later date. The La Salle Apartments and its neighbor on the right, both completed between 1906 and 1913, were two of the first substantial apartment buildings to be built along this section of Sixth Street.
Like many historic apartment buildings in central Los Angeles, the La Salle has undergone a number of alterations since the date of the top photograph. Aside from the doorway, nearly all of its original facade details have been removed or plastered over, including its cornice, corner quoins, window lintels, and sills. A security fence surrounds the building’s entrance and ground floor windows, reducing the width of its previously wide sidewalk.
1. Insurance maps of Los Angeles, California; Volume 1. New York: Sanborn Map Company, 1906.
2. “Under new management.” Los Angeles Times. 16 Mar. 1913. VI5.
Original photo: Dick Whittington Studio. “Pacific Finance building, Southern California, 1926 – DW-1926-611-19-58~19.” Dick Whittington Photography Collection. USC Digital Library. USC Libraries Special Collections. http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15799coll170/id/32294