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Looking towards Pershing Square from Sixth and Olive Streets, 1965-2014

1965-2014 During its 1951-1952 overhaul, Pershing Square was rebuilt with a number of major design failures which would plague the park for several decades. Most egregiously, ramps to the park’s underground parking garage were built along each side of the … Continue reading

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Looking towards Pershing Square from Sixth and Hill Streets, c.1940-2013

c. 1940-2013 During the interwar decades, Pershing Square served as a major pedestrian crossroads at the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, connecting its bustling retail district with Bunker Hill and the developing areas to the west. During peak daytime hours, … Continue reading

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Looking east on Wilshire Boulevard from Park View Street, c.1935-2013

c. 1935-2013 On December 7, 1934, Los Angeles’ civic leaders celebrated the opening of the Wilshire Boulevard causeway, which for the first time established the roadway as a continuous thoroughfare between Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Spanning the northern … Continue reading

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Spring Street parklet, South 600 block of Spring Street, January-February 2013

January-February 2013 Last Thursday, Downtown Los Angeles celebrated the opening of two parklets along Spring Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets, a week after the city’s first parklet opening on Highland Park’s York Boulevard. The southern parklet, pictured above, features … Continue reading

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Bovard Administration Building, University of Southern California, c.1920-2012

c. 1920-2012 Completed in 1921, the Bovard Administration Building marked a major milestone in the creation of the University of Southern California’s present-day campus. The John Parkinson-designed office building and auditorium formed the centerpiece of the university’s 1918 campus plan … Continue reading

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Felipe de Neve Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, Lafayette Park, 1929-2012

1929-2012 The 48th branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, named in honor of city founder Felipe de Neve, opened in 1929 on the 148th anniversary of the city’s founding. The main building, a blend of Renaissance and Romanesque Revival … Continue reading

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Pershing Square viewed from the Pershing Square Building, c. 1930-2011

c. 1930-2011 Despite the massive redevelopment of their adjacent neighborhoods, the buildings flanking Pershing Square’s southern and western sides remain largely intact, the primary addition being the 26-story City National Bank tower. Contemporary Pershing Square, twice rebuilt in the intervening … Continue reading

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