Category Archives: Pershing Square

Looking towards Pershing Square from Sixth and Olive Streets, 1965-2014

1965-2014 During its 1951-1952 overhaul, Pershing Square was rebuilt with a number of major design failures which would plague the park for several decades. Most egregiously, ramps to the park’s underground parking garage were built along each side of the … Continue reading

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Looking towards Pershing Square from Sixth and Hill Streets, c.1940-2013

c. 1940-2013 During the interwar decades, Pershing Square served as a major pedestrian crossroads at the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, connecting its bustling retail district with Bunker Hill and the developing areas to the west. During peak daytime hours, … Continue reading

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Pershing Square viewed from the Pershing Square Building, c. 1930-2011

c. 1930-2011 Despite the massive redevelopment of their adjacent neighborhoods, the buildings flanking Pershing Square’s southern and western sides remain largely intact, the primary addition being the 26-story City National Bank tower. Contemporary Pershing Square, twice rebuilt in the intervening … Continue reading

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Looking towards Fifth and Hill Streets from Pershing Square’s central plaza, 1939-2011

1939-2011 In its 1910 incarnation, Pershing Square resembled an eastern urban park not only in its design, but also in its horticulture. For nearly two decades, its lawns and walkways were mainly shaded by a variety of eastern trees such as … Continue reading

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Looking north from Sixth and Olive Streets, 1955-2011

1955-2010 The original photograph shows part of the western corner of Pershing Square, about three years after the completion of its underground garage in 1952. Aside from the park’s later redesign, one can see in today’s view the disappearance of … Continue reading

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The Biltmore Hotel viewed from Pershing Square, c. 1930-2011

c. 1930-2011 Much unlike its current form, Pershing Square’s 1910 design by John Parkinson featured a circular plaza at the park’s center, built around a central fountain by Johan Caspar Lachne Gruenfeld. As if to symbolize the city’s own decentralization, … Continue reading

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