Category Archives: Civic Center

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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The Hill Street Tunnels, looking north on Hill Street from First Street, 1954-2014

1954-2014 Like many of the city’s early public works projects, the Hill Street Tunnels provided a solution to one of Los Angeles’ greatest topographic obstacles to regional mobility, the hills at Downtown’s northwestern edge. While of most of them had … 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 east on Second Street from Olive Street, 1957-2013

1957-2013 The top photograph shows the border between Bunker Hill and the Civic Center in 1957, just as both neighborhoods were being profoundly reshaped by urban renewal and redevelopment. While the full destruction of Bunker Hill was several years away, … Continue reading

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The Wilcox Building, southeast corner of Second and Spring Streets, 1924-2013

1924-2013 As sad as it is to say, the one-story structure in the present view is all that remains of the Wilcox Building, once one of Downtown Los Angeles’ more prominent landmarks. Completed in 1896, the retail and office building … Continue reading

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Looking east on First Street from Grand Avenue, 1926-2012

1926-2012 By the time major residential development had come to a close on Bunker Hill,¬†First Street was lined by a dense collection of apartment houses and hotels, pictured in the top photograph. After surviving largely intact through the 1940s, the … Continue reading

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