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ethereal_reality Jul 9, 2009 7:05 PM

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

ethereal_reality Jul 10, 2009 12:01 AM

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.


ethereal_reality Jul 10, 2009 1:20 AM

downtown 1949

I'm working on replacing the image.

sopas ej Jul 10, 2009 1:56 AM

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:

ethereal_reality Jul 10, 2009 2:29 PM

I didn't know the Mobile Oil Bldg is now Pegasus Lofts.
That would be a very cool place to live.

sopas ej Jul 10, 2009 3:22 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4350854)
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.

ethereal_reality Jul 11, 2009 5:20 PM
USC archive

above: A 1947 photograph of the southbound lanes of the Arroyo Seco Parkway backed up at the Figueroa tunnels.

ethereal_reality Jul 12, 2009 8:15 PM

The black and gold Richfield Building at 555 South Flower St. (near 6th Street)
Built in 1928, it was demolished in 1968.
USC archive

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

above: This a great view showing the arch.
USC archive
USC archive

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

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)
found on ebay

above: A rare color slide from 1940s.
USC archive

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

sopas ej Jul 12, 2009 8:25 PM

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!

Double L Jul 15, 2009 10:30 PM

A lot of history in this thread.

ethereal_reality Jul 16, 2009 8:18 PM
USC archives

above: The Los Angeles Orphan Asylum at 7th Street and Boyle Ave.
in Boyle Heights area.
USC archives

above: Another view of the Los Angeles Orphan Asylum in Boyle Heights.

ethereal_reality Jul 17, 2009 12:54 AM

above: May Co. and a very cool Miracle Mile sign , May 1954.

213 Jul 17, 2009 3:07 AM

A quick "then and now" exercise I tried earlier this year... Current photos are by me.

Southbound Hope @ 6th, 1930 -

SE corner 6th & Hope, 1905 -

NW corner 6th & Hope, 1927 -

NE corner Wilshire & Hope, 1938 -

NE corner Wilshire & Hope, 1965 -

Northbound Hope @ Wilshire, 1951 - USC Digital Archive

sopas ej Jul 17, 2009 7:59 AM


Great then and now photos!

ethereal_reality Jul 17, 2009 9:33 PM

I agree, the before and after shots are very cool.

latennisguy Jul 17, 2009 10:52 PM

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

213 Jul 18, 2009 2:34 AM


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...


ethereal_reality Jul 20, 2009 1:20 AM
USC archive

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.

USC archive

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

above: The U.S. Hotel in 1935.

ethereal_reality Jul 20, 2009 1:53 AM
USC archive

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.

sopas ej Jul 20, 2009 2:00 AM

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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