Then and Now: Downtown L.A.

Blowhard, Esq. writes:


The intersection of Hill and Third in downtown Los Angeles, 1919 v. 2014. The concrete structure on the left is the parking lot for the Grand Central Market.

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12 Responses to Then and Now: Downtown L.A.

  1. lloydville says:


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  2. slumlord says:


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  3. Will S. says:


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  4. peterike2 says:

    The building top of the hill on the left is quite amazing. Wonder if that was a hotel of some sort. And are these pictures facing the same direction? Even the hill itself is gone.

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  5. peterike2 says:

    So the building on the left is the Crocker Mansion. There are a lot of views of it and this general area here. Scroll down a bit to get to the Crocker Mansion.

    More on the mansion here:


    • The movie KISS ME DEADLY features many shots of the old Bunker Hill, before all of the old Victorians were razed for those boring apartment blocks and office towers.


    • slumlord says:

      Looking at those old photo’s you really begin to appreciate the aesthetic ugliness that has been wrought by Modernism. I also found it interesting that although the population at the time was between fifty to one hundred thousand there appeared to be more “street” life than there is now. It’s not just that modernism is ugly, it also kills civic life.

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