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Excelsior Laundry Building, northeast corner of Los Angeles and Winston Streets, 1933-2014

1933-2014 Now one of the city’s oldest remaining industrial structures on Los Angeles Street, the former Excelsior Laundry is also a rare local exemplar of popular Romanesque Revival commercial architecture. The significant yet often-overlooked building was also the key site … Continue reading

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Looking west on Second Street from Rose Street, 1932-2013

1932-2013 For much of the 20th century, the areas east of present-day Little Tokyo formed the upper end of Los Angeles’ expansive Wholesale District. The light industrial center’s early development had largely been made possible by the Southern Pacific Railroad, … Continue reading

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The Nelson Flats, 515-519 East Fourth Street, c.1910-2012

c. 1910-2012 At the turn of the 20th century, the eastern area of present-day Skid Row remained largely residential, despite a small but growing industrial presence. At the time, the 500 block of East Fourth Street was occupied by apartment … Continue reading

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Looking north on Los Angeles Street from First Street, c.1910-2012

c. 1910-2012 In the early decades of Los Angeles’ industrial growth,┬áLos Angeles Street was the primary artery of the city’s wholesale and manufacturing districts, immediately to the east of its civic and commercial center. In addition to its many warehouses, … Continue reading

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The Brownstein-Louis Building, 751 S. Figueroa St, 1929-2011

1929-2011 In the first decades of the 20th century, Los Angeles’ central Figueroa Street vicinity quickly shed its residential character as it grew into a mixed-use office and light industrial district. In 1920, the Brownstein-Louis Company started work on a … Continue reading

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Southeast corner of Eighth and Los Angeles Streets, 1926-2011

1926-2011 In the decade following the First World War, Downtown’s central core made its final southward push, making previously peripheral Eighth Street a major corridor of large scale commercial construction. While height-limit office towers went up further west, the vicinity … Continue reading

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Looking north on Los Angeles Street from Third Street, c. 1918-2011

c. 1918-2011 Los Angeles’ eponymous roadway has been an almost exclusively industrial thoroughfare for most of its history. Prior to large-scale urban renewal in the late 20th century, Los Angeles Street’s warehouses and workshops formed a continuous manufacturing district that … Continue reading

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