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...........another repeat. my computer is having hic-cups.

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A HUGE map of downtown Los Angeles circa 1954



Hammond's Ambassador World Atlas 1954



This old map helped me to place many of the older buildings in their proper location.
Before, I was lost as to where these buildings were in relation to each other.

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downtown 1949

I'm working on replacing the image.

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Great pics! I like that old map, too (I love maps). Interesting that what is now Interstate 110/The Harbor Freeway was once called the Harbor Parkway.

And that color pic with the Mobiloil Building is great. Of course now, that building is the Pegasus Lofts:

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I didn't know the Mobile Oil Bldg is now Pegasus Lofts.
That would be a very cool place to live.
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I didn't know the Mobile Oil Bldg is now Pegasus Lofts.
That would be a very cool place to live.
Oh totally. It's got that whole mid-20th Century Modern thing going on.
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above: A 1947 photograph of the southbound lanes of the Arroyo Seco Parkway backed up at the Figueroa tunnels.
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The black and gold Richfield Building at 555 South Flower St. (near 6th Street)
Built in 1928, it was demolished in 1968.




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above: Soon after it's completion in 1929. Starting to put the letters on the tower.









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above: This a great view showing the arch.








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above: Interesting neighbors, a couple SROs (single room occupancy) hotels.






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above: You can see the brilliantly lit 130-foot tower atop the Richfield Bldg. in the upper right hand corner. I believe the glowing building to it's
immediate left is the Southern California Edison Bldg (now One Bunker Hill)






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above: A rare color slide from 1940s.




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above: The Richfield can be seen to the right of the 110 Freeway. No date given.

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I've never seen photos of that side of the Atlantic Richfield Building with the arch. I would assume maybe because that's the "back" of the building? I wasn't aware it had a light well, either. Very interesting!
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A lot of history in this thread.
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above: The Los Angeles Orphan Asylum at 7th Street and Boyle Ave.
in Boyle Heights area.






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above: Another view of the Los Angeles Orphan Asylum in Boyle Heights.
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above: May Co. and a very cool Miracle Mile sign , May 1954.
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A quick "then and now" exercise I tried earlier this year... Current photos are by me.

Southbound Hope @ 6th, 1930 - lapl.org





SE corner 6th & Hope, 1905 - lapl.org





NW corner 6th & Hope, 1927 - lapl.org





NE corner Wilshire & Hope, 1938 - lapl.org





NE corner Wilshire & Hope, 1965 - lapl.org





Northbound Hope @ Wilshire, 1951 - USC Digital Archive



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Great then and now photos!
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I agree, the before and after shots are very cool.

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great work 213! It is very interesting looking at the differences.
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Thanks!

Given the sheer volume of archived photos at LAPL and USC, one could pretty much make a 20-page thread of it. If I had more time, better camera skills and maybe a federal grant...

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above: The U.S. Hotel at 170 North Main Street.
This aerial is so much fun to study.
Notice the small gas station center right, and the interesting building directly behind it.











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above: The U.S. Hotel at 170 N. Main St.





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above: The U.S. Hotel in 1935.

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above: The building at 125 Main Street in 1943.
I love the dingy pool hall.

Can you imagine what goes on in the rooms upstairs.

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Really great photos! It's a shame that these Victorian buildings in LA were all destroyed. I think many people don't realize that LA had some really old buildings, and I wouldn't doubt that those same people think that LA is a "new" city that only developed after WWII. What they don't realize was that many earlier buildings were destroyed, either because of freeway construction, earthquakes, or just because a newer building was desired; or as in the case of Bunker Hill, "redevelopment."
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