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Historic Los Angeles event poster

By Pamela Rouse — July 06, 2010

Since opening Metropolis Books in December of 2006, Julie Swayze has kept a focus on local history. This Saturday, three authors will share about L.A.'s past.

Aerial View of DWP - 1964 Dick Whittington Studio / USC Digital Archives

45 Years Ago: DWP Headquarters Dedicated

By Eric Richardson — June 24, 2010 — 3 Comments

On June 24, 1965, civic leaders dedicated DWP's new $31-million headquarters atop Bunker Hill, a building still considered a Downtown gem.

Spring and 7th, 1937 Dick Whittington Studio / USC Digital Archives

79 Years Ago: L.A. Bans Begging Downtown

By Eric Richardson — June 22, 2010 — 8 Comments

On June 22, 1931, the Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance that completely banned begging in the Downtown business district.

433 S. Spring Dick Whittington Studio / USC Digital Archives

82 Years Ago: Grand Opening for 433 S. Spring

By Eric Richardson — June 14, 2010 — 3 Comments

On June 14, 1928, more than 10,000 visitors made their way to 433 S. Spring to take a look at the Title Insurance and Trust Company's new headquarters.

LA River Bridges - N. Spring Street KCET Departures

Council to Decide Fate of Historic Spring Street Viaduct

By Eric Richardson — June 02, 2010 — 5 Comments

City Council will soon decide the fate of the 1928 North Spring Street Viaduct, where widening plans would remove most of the structure's historic elements.

International Bank Building Los Angeles Examiner / USC Digital Archives

City Hall's One-Time Neighbor

By Eric Richardson — May 28, 2010 — 2 Comments

While Los Angeles' City Hall today occupies an entire block, it didn't always. For nearly 30 years, the International Bank Building was City Hall's northern neighbor.

Olive Street - 1938

By Eric Richardson — May 17, 2010 — 9 Comments

On May 17, 1956, the Men's Garden Club of Los Angeles used its annual spring luncheon to advocate "a program of sidewalk greenery for the downtown sector."


By Ed Fuentes — April 23, 2010 — 1 Comment

At the First Street Viaduct, a neo-classical portico has been replaced, offering visual scale for the final width of the expanded historic bridge.

Four Level, 1947 LA Times (July 6, 1947

66 Years Ago: 'Four Level' Design Unveiled

By Eric Richardson — April 21, 2010 — 9 Comments

On April 21, 1944, the state's highways department unveiled a freeway interchange "said to be the most unusual ever devised."

216 W. 5th Street Pamela Rouse

Alexandria's "Ghost" Annex Up for Sale

By Eric Richardson — April 06, 2010 — 10 Comments

It's been empty for 75 years, sealed off from the Alexandria with no internal staircases or elevators. Most Downtowners have never noticed.

1964 Downtown

By Eric Richardson — March 30, 2010 — 9 Comments

On March 30, 1962, a crowd of 400 gathered atop a newly completed segment of the Santa Monica Freeway to applaud the finish of Downtown's "freeway loop," the collection...