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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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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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W. I. Hollingsworth Building, southeast corner of Sixth and Hill Streets, 1932-2014

1932-2014 The top photograph, one of the “Dick” Whittington Studio’s many gems, shows the busy intersection of Sixth and Hill Streets in its prewar heyday. In addition, the view prominently features the W. I. Hollingsworth Building at the intersection’s southeast … Continue reading

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Richfield Oil Company Building and Atlantic Richfield Plaza, northwest corner of Sixth and Flower Streets, 1968-2014

1968-2014 When it comes to 20th century corporate architecture, arguably no street corner in Los Angeles has seen as many exemplary buildings as the intersection Sixth and Flower Streets. This then and now comparison features two of them, the Richfield … 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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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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Boos Brothers Cafeteria, 530 South Hill Street, c.1932-2013

c. 1932-2013 By the early 1920s, the 500 block of South Hill Street had become one of the busiest sections of Downtown Los Angeles’ retail district, thanks to its prime location across from Pershing Square and its proximity to the … Continue reading

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