Author Archives: Brian Hsu

Southwest corner of Sixth Street and Normandie Avenue, 2011-2015

2011-2015 Aside from the reopening of its guest rooms, one of the most anticipated elements of the Hotel Normandie’s recent renovation has been the rehabilitation of its ground-floor storefronts along Sixth Street and Normandie Avenue. The top photograph, taken in … Continue reading

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Excelsior Laundry Building, northeast corner of Los Angeles and Winston Streets, 1933-2014

1933-2014 Now one of the city’s oldest remaining industrial structures on Los Angeles Street, the former Excelsior Laundry is also a rare local exemplar of popular Romanesque Revival commercial architecture. The significant yet often-overlooked building was also the key site … Continue reading

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The Regent Theater, 448 South Main Street, c.2005-2014

c. 2005-2014 In a dramatic reversal of fortune, Main Street’s long-beleaguered Regent Theater has begun its new life as a permanent concert venue. Completed near the end of the building’s centennial year, the much-anticipated mid-November reopening marks the most recent … Continue reading

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North side of Wilshire Boulevard at Westmoreland Avenue, 1928-2014

1928-2014 As in many recent posts on Wilshire Boulevard, the top photograph shows a few of the Wilshire District’s early houses on the eve of the thoroughfare’s swift transition to a major commercial corridor. Today, the corner sits near the … Continue reading

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Looking west on Fourth Street from Spring Street, 1958-2014

1958-2014 Few sections of Downtown Los Angeles’ Historic Core have been as cruelly ravaged by urban decay as the blocks of Fourth Street in this view. Save for the former Broadway department store, whose corner peeks out at the left … Continue reading

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Looking east on Sixth Street from Figueroa Street, 1968-2014

1968-2014 Up through the 1960s, the southern end of Downtown Los Angeles’ modern Financial District maintained a diverse building stock whose functions and styles reflected several periods of the city’s growth. Although the Sixth Street vicinity had seen the construction … Continue reading

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Aerial views of Bunker Hill and the Civic Center, 1955-c.2013

1955-c. 2013 Oblique aerial photographs provide an incredible wealth of information about urban landscapes. In addition to effectively illustrating the relative scale of buildings and neighborhoods, they offer hundreds of subtler details in higher resolution images. Nonetheless, due to some … Continue reading

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