Category Archives: Broadway

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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Southwest corner of First Street and Broadway, 1956-2014

1956-2014 In continuation of the previous post, the top photograph shows the southwest corner of First Street and Broadway in December, 1956. By then, most of the present block at the foot of Bunker Hill had been demolished in preparation … Continue reading

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Looking south on Broadway from First Street, 1956-2014

1956-2014 The top photograph, taken in 1956 by Palmer Conner, shows one of Broadway’s oldest sections in its final days. Save for one surface parking lot, the west side of the block between First and Second Streets then housed eight … Continue reading

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Looking north on Broadway from Twelfth Street, 1938-2014

1938-2014 While the Broadway retail and office district made its final major expansion in the 1920s, Twelfth Street became Downtown’s southern limit for large-scale development. During that decade, the majestic Los Angeles Examiner Building (1913) received its first high-rise neighbors; … Continue reading

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443-447 South Broadway, 1926-2013

1926-2013 Today, the nameless building 443-447 South Broadway stands as a quiet reminder of the long decline of what was once the city’s premier commercial street. Apparently never known as anything other than its street address, the four-story structure was … Continue reading

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North retail wing of the Los Angeles Theater, 611 South Broadway, 1931-2013

1931-2013 Often considered one of the finest theaters ever built in the city, the Los Angeles Theater opened in 1931 with two 45-foot wide retail buildings on Broadway, flanking the main auditorium section. Though planned and designed as a single … Continue reading

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Looking north on Broadway from Second Street, c.1930-2012

c. 1930-2012 Long before the development of the Civic Center, many of Los Angeles’ larger institutional buildings had clustered at the upper end of South Broadway. One of the area’s longtime stalwarts, the Los Angeles Times, built its first building … Continue reading

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