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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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The Hill Street Tunnels, looking north on Hill Street from First Street, 1954-2014

1954-2014 Like many of the city’s early public works projects, the Hill Street Tunnels provided a solution to one of Los Angeles’ greatest topographic obstacles to regional mobility, the hills at Downtown’s northwestern edge. While of most of them had … 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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Looking north on Vermont Avenue from Fourth Street, 1931-2013

1931-2013 The top photograph shows a portion of central Vermont Avenue shortly after the road widening project that brought it to its present dimensions. The avenue had become one of Los Angeles’ most heavily trafficked streets by the early 1920s; … Continue reading

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Looking east on Wilshire Boulevard from Western Avenue, 1926-2013

1926-2013 After two decades of primarily residential construction, by the mid-1920s, a scattered set of commercial buildings had risen along Wilshire Boulevard between Western Avenue and Park View Street. The left side of the original view shows one such structure … Continue reading

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Looking east on Fifth Street from Hill Street, 1922-2013

1922-2013 Much of Los Angeles’ prewar downtown had reached the height of its development by the early 1920s. The two blocks of Fifth Street between Hill and Spring Streets, pictured above, had largely been filled by highrise office buildings during … Continue reading

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Northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, 1928-2013

1928-2013 Although the Miracle Mile earned its name from a period of rapid development, the top photograph reveals the much smaller scale of the district’s early growth. Up until the late 1920s, the northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La … Continue reading

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