Category Archives: Koreatown/Mid-Wilshire

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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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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Northwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Shatto Place, 1928-2014

1928-2014 During the first two decades of the 20th century, the Vermont Avenue vicinity of Wilshire Boulevard saw the construction of some of the Wilshire District’s most elaborate homes. The top photograph is centered on 3143 Wilshire Boulevard, a Tudor Revival … Continue reading

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Looking east on Wilshire Boulevard from Westmoreland Avenue, 1928-2014

1928-2014 By the early 1910s, near the end of the Wilshire District’s initial phase of development, Wilshire Boulevard was flanked by a number of large residences built for Los Angeles’ upper class. Due to the frenetic pace of the city’s … Continue reading

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Looking east on Wilshire Boulevard from Wilton Place, 1960-2014

1960-2014 Although the top photograph was primarily taken to document Los Angeles’ experiment in painting cross street names in roadways, it happens to be a nicely framed view of Wilshire Center’s western border in 1960. Since then, a number of … Continue reading

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Howard Automobile Company Building, 356 South Western Avenue, c.1930-2014

c. 1930-2014 Deeply buried as it is within the chaotic streetscape of Western Avenue, the remains of one of Los Angeles’ most stunning car showrooms can still be seen at the avenue’s northeast corner with Fourth Street. Completed in 1930, … Continue reading

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Marchetti’s Restaurant, southwest corner of Western Avenue and Fifth Street, c.1930-2014

c. 1930-2014 The top photograph provides a nice view of the commercial building that previously stood at the southwest corner of Western Avenue and Fifth Street, also seen in the previous post. Originally built for an upscale restaurant named Marchetti’s, … Continue reading

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