Category Archives: Westlake

Southeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Rampart Boulevard, 1957-2013

1957-2013 The top photograph, a Kodachrome slide by Palmer Conner, shows the Hershey Arms Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard shortly before its demolition. Built between 1906 and 1907, the Hershey Arms was the first hotel to open along the nascent boulevard, … Continue reading

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The La Salle Apartments, 1249 West Sixth Street, 1926-2013

1926-2013 While decay and redevelopment have destroyed many blocks between Westlake and Downtown Los Angeles, the three buildings above have fortuitously survived as a subtle reminder of their neighborhood’s better days. The hipped-roofed building at the left is the oldest … Continue reading

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Looking east on Wilshire Boulevard from Park View Street, c.1935-2013

c. 1935-2013 On December 7, 1934, Los Angeles’ civic leaders celebrated the opening of the Wilshire Boulevard causeway, which for the first time established the roadway as a continuous thoroughfare between Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Spanning the northern … Continue reading

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Southeast corner of Seventh and Alvarado Streets, 1927-2013

1927-2013 Despite major demographic shifts in its surrounding neighborhood, the corner of Seventh and Alvarado Streets has persisted for the past century as one of Los Angeles’ busiest intersections. As shown in the above photographs, central Westlake has seen relatively … Continue reading

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The Alvarado Theatre, 710 South Alvarado Street, 1936-2012

1936-2012 Lined primarily by residences in the early stages of its development, Alvarado Street quickly became the Westlake District’s primary commercial corridor during the 1910s and 1920s. Completed in 1914, the Alvarado Theater was one of the first commercial buildings … Continue reading

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The Hotel Pepper, southwest corner of Seventh Street and Burlington Avenue, 1905-2011

1905-2011 Completed in 1904, the Hotel Pepper was arguably the most flamboyant of the many hotels built in Los Angeles’ Westlake district at the turn of the century. In addition to over one hundred rooms, the hotel boasted an observation … Continue reading

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Looking west on Wilshire Boulevard from Westlake Avenue, 1931-1934

1931-1934 Between 1931 and 1934,┬áthree major road projects completely reshaped the easternmost stretch of Wilshire Boulevard, leaving behind the thoroughfare as we know it today. In addition to a two-block extension east of Figueroa Street and a causeway through Westlake … Continue reading

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