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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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The Regent Theater, 448 South Main Street, c.2005-2014

c. 2005-2014 In a dramatic reversal of fortune, Main Street’s long-beleaguered Regent Theater has begun its new life as a permanent concert venue. Completed near the end of the building’s centennial year, the much-anticipated mid-November reopening marks the most recent … 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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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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The Hancock House, northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, 1931-2013

1931-2013 If it were it still standing today, this month would mark the centennial anniversary of Wilshire Boulevard’s Hancock mansion, completed in March, 1913. Designed by John C. Austin for Ida Hancock, the property stood at one of the most … Continue reading

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North retail wing of the Los Angeles Theater, 611 South Broadway, 1931-2013

1931-2013 Often considered one of the finest theaters ever built in the city, the Los Angeles Theater opened in 1931 with two 45-foot wide retail buildings on Broadway, flanking the main auditorium section. Though planned and designed as a single … Continue reading

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Looking north on Main Street from the Pacific Electric Building, c.1941-2012

c. 1941-2012 In the half-century following the completion of the Pacific Electric Building (1905), the intersection of Sixth and Main Streets was one of the busiest in the city, seeing a constant flow of streetcars and pedestrians in and out … Continue reading

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