Thursday, August 28, 2008

Los Angeles Historic Buildings - 1960

The following photographs are from the Historic American Buildings Survey collection at the Library of Congress. (Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October, 1960)

The Bradbury Building, 304 South Broadway - Built in 1893, it is a fine example of multi-story structure designed around an inner glazed court, with splendid art nouveau iron work in open stairways, open elevator cages and balcony rails.

Union Market, 1530-1536 West Sixth Street - Built in 1933, Carl's Market (aka Union Market) is one of a series of "supermarkets" designed by Morgan, Walls & Clements. Essentially all of these were utilitarian buildings with a sculptural sign and street facade.

The Bunker Hill District, Temple, Fifth, Hill, & Fiqueroa Streets, was developed during the first waves of real-estate speculation and boom that came with the extension of Southern Pacific Railroad to LA in 1876, and the construction of the Santa Fe Railway, completed in 1886.

The Plaza Fire House, 126 Plaza Street - Built in 1884, the Plaza Firehouse was the first building to be constructed by the City of Los Angeles for housing fire fighting equipment and personnel. The City Council hired architect William Boring to design the structure which was built by Dennis Hennessy.

The Richfield Oil Building, 555 South Flower Street - Built in 1929, it is an excellent example of the "Modern Style" of the 1920's, a short-lived heroic style with roots in late Art Nouveau and German Expressionism with emphasis on masses rather than volumes. Demolition of the building was begun in November, 1968.

5 comments:

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Fun post, I've been to the Bradbury Building a few times, it was very creepy in the 70's, haven't been lately but last time I visited in the 90's it was in great shape. Thanks for the local historic tour.

Major Pepperidge said...

Vintage L.A., one of my all time favorite subjects! I wish I could have seen it the way it was when my my was a girl. She lived in Westwood when she was very young, and the few photos we have show an area with rolling hills and very little development (compared to today). She used to ride a horse when they moved to Encino because it was "the sticks", and the area north of Ventura Blvd. was all farms and orchards.

Heidi Ann said...

I can tell I need to settle in for some serious reading on your blog! Thank you so much for visiting mine and leaving a comment. I'm happy that it led me to you! I'll be back.

Dave said...

The Richfield Building was also designed by Morgan, Walls and Clements. Great stuff!

Anonymous said...

In Sacramento, the first floor of the Legislative Office Building (across the street from the Capitol building)has a picture of the Richfield Building. The LOB hallways have other picture of department stores and gas stations from this era.