Category Archives: Miracle Mile

Northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, 1928-2013

1928-2013 Although the Miracle Mile earned its name from a period of rapid development, the top photograph reveals the much smaller scale of the district’s early growth. Up until the late 1920s, the northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La … Continue reading

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316-320 South La Brea Avenue, 1925-2013

1925-2013 Though there is little obvious indication of it today, the two-story commercial building in the above photographs is one of the oldest structures along La Brea Avenue north of Wilshire Boulevard. Although details of its history are sparse, it … Continue reading

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Wilshire Boulevard east of Fairfax Avenue, 1952-2011

1952-2011 The top photograph shows the aftermath of a two-vehicle collision along Wilshire Boulevard just east of Fairfax Avenue, along with a mysteriously cheerful group of bystanders. Taken with the contemporary photograph, the montage depicts two significant changes to the … Continue reading

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Mid-Wilshire Medical Building, 6317 Wilshire Boulevard, 1952-2011

1952-2011 The 6300 block of Wilshire Boulevard had its only period of significant construction during the 1950s, and hence forms a relatively uniform gallery of corporate architecture of that decade. The┬áMid-Wilshire Medical Building, pictured above, is one of many forgotten … Continue reading

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5657 Wilshire Boulevard, 1955-2010

1955-2010 Although they may not appear particularly exceptional at first glance, both the building and original photograph are linked to several of the most important figures in 20th century Modernism. The 5-story commercial building at 5657 Wilshire Boulevard was built … Continue reading

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