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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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443-447 South Broadway, 1926-2013

1926-2013 Today, the nameless building 443-447 South Broadway stands as a quiet reminder of the long decline of what was once the city’s premier commercial street. Apparently never known as anything other than its street address, the four-story structure was … Continue reading

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Southeast corner of Seventh and Flower Streets, 1957-2013

1957-2013 Leading up to its redevelopment as a modern financial district, the western periphery of Downtown Los Angeles consisted primarily of aging low-rise blocks. The top photograph, taken by Palmer Conner, shows the 700 block of Flower Street lined with … Continue reading

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Northwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue, 1931-2013

1931-2013 Though hardly anyone would recognize it today as one of Wilshire Boulevard’s lost landmarks, the former manufacturing showroom at the northwest corner with New Hampshire Avenue boasted a rather impressive pedigree. Upon its completion in 1929, the Art Deco … Continue reading

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Looking north on Figueroa Street from Seventh Place, 1941-2013

1941-2013 The top photograph shows Figueroa Street as it last appeared before its decades-long transformation into Downtown Los Angeles’ primary office corridor. The thoroughfare’s increasingly important status was well-recognized by the late 1930s, when the city’s traffic engineers first presented … Continue reading

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Looking north on Hope Street from Eighth Street, 1972-2011

1972-2011 Few architects have left a greater physical legacy on Los Angeles’ Financial District than the architect-developer Charles Luckman. In conjunction with his development firm, the Ogden Development Corporation, Charles Luckman Associates built two of the Financial District’s largest structures, … Continue reading

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North side of First Street between San Pedro Street and Los Angeles Street, 1940s-2011

1942-2011 The one- to four-story buildings that once stood on this block of East First Street somewhat predated the establishment of Los Angeles’ primary Japanese enclave, having been largely completed around the turn of the century. By the 1930s, they … Continue reading

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