Category Archives: Wilshire Boulevard

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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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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Looking east on Wilshire Boulevard from Western Avenue, 1926-2013

1926-2013 After two decades of primarily residential construction, by the mid-1920s, a scattered set of commercial buildings had risen along Wilshire Boulevard between Western Avenue and Park View Street. The left side of the original view shows one such structure … Continue reading

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Northwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Berendo Street, c. 1930-2013

c. 1930-2013 Completed in 1925 at the northwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Berendo Street, the Post Building was one of the earliest anchors of Wilshire Center’s upper class retail district. Previously occupied by a private residence, the property had … Continue reading

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