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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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Marchetti’s Restaurant, southwest corner of Western Avenue and Fifth Street, c.1930-2014

c. 1930-2014 The top photograph provides a nice view of the commercial building that previously stood at the southwest corner of Western Avenue and Fifth Street, also seen in the previous post. Originally built for an upscale restaurant named Marchetti’s, … 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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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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Southeast corner of Seventh and Alvarado Streets, 1927-2013

1927-2013 Despite major demographic shifts in its surrounding neighborhood, the corner of Seventh and Alvarado Streets has persisted for the past century as one of Los Angeles’ busiest intersections. As shown in the above photographs, central Westlake has seen relatively … Continue reading

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Clifton’s Cafeteria, 648 South Broadway, c.1936-2012

c. 1936-2012 Obscured for nearly half a century under aluminum panels, the battered old facade of Clifton’s Cafeteria is now visible from the sidewalk once again. The Broadway stalwart is currently undergoing a full restoration by developer Andrew Meieran, scheduled to … Continue reading

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