Saturday, March 28, 2009

Downtown Buildings in the 1920s

1922 was a BIG year in downtown Los Angeles' architectural history. According to the website, that was the year we got:

and many, many others.

The You-Are-Here site sorts out the buildings still standing in many historic areas, arranging them by year, with links to photos of the buildings now.

The Los Angeles Library has this wonderful picture of our downtown on June 13, 1924, with Pershing Square in the center and the Biltmore on the left. Hotel Savoy is in the lower left, 6th and Grand, where the Wilshire Grand is now. "Spence Air Photos"--which I think means Robert E. Spence--took the picture. Don't know much about him but would love to learn more. Urban aerial photography in the 1920s . . . what an adventure.


Anonymous said...

Great piece of writing! Will you followup on this topic?

Chrissy C said...

Wish you had a photo of earl Pershing Square.

Vix said...

Good idea for a future post, Chrissy. I'm sure the main Library ( has such photos in their photo collection.

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