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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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Looking east on Sixth Street from Figueroa Street, 1968-2014

1968-2014 Up through the 1960s, the southern end of Downtown Los Angeles’ modern Financial District maintained a diverse building stock whose functions and styles reflected several periods of the city’s growth. Although the Sixth Street vicinity had seen the construction … Continue reading

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South side of First Street west of Central Avenue, 1936-2014

1936-2014 This then and now comparison shows the south side of East First Street, Little Tokyo’s primary commercial corridor for the past century. Originally a residential section during Los Angeles’ early years, First Street developed rapidly into a business district … Continue reading

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West side of Western Avenue at Fifth Street, 1927-2014

1927-2014 During Los Angeles’ development boom of the early 1920s, Western Avenue was swiftly transformed from a barren highway into one of the city’s most substantial suburban business districts. Like many of the area’s historic structures, the buildings in the … Continue reading

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The Hotel Normandie, southwest corner of Sixth Street and Normandie Avenue, September 2011-November 2013

September 2011-November 2013 Among the more recent significant developments in Wilshire Center, few have been as satisfying to watch as the ongoing renovation of the Hotel Normandie. Since 2011, the historic property’s transformation into a boutique hotel has been led … 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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Southeast corner of Fifth and Hill Streets, 1971-2013

1971-2013 By the early 1970s, the pack of three-story buildings at the southeast corner of Fifth and Hill Streets had become the final vestige of Pershing Square’s turn-of-the-century appearance. The oldest and most prominent structure in the original view is … Continue reading

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