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Northwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Shatto Place, 1928-2014

1928-2014 During the first two decades of the 20th century, the Vermont Avenue vicinity of Wilshire Boulevard saw the construction of some of the Wilshire District’s most elaborate homes. The top photograph is centered on 3143 Wilshire Boulevard, a Tudor Revival … 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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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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Southeast corner of Fifth and Hill Streets, 1971-2013

1971-2013 By the early 1970s, the pack of three-story buildings at the southeast corner of Fifth and Hill Streets had become the final vestige of Pershing Square’s turn-of-the-century appearance. The oldest and most prominent structure in the original view is … Continue reading

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Looking north on Vermont Avenue from 24th Street, 1929-2013

1929-2013 In continuation of the previous post, the view above shows part of the University Park business district along Vermont Avenue, this time looking north from 24th Street. Though there is little indication of it today, the intersection was once … 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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