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Southeast corner, 6th & Olive

By Eric Richardson — November 10, 2009 — 10 Comments

On November 10, 1924, safety razor magnate King C. Gillette wrote a check for $1.475 million to purchase the southeast corner of 6th and Olive from the estate of...

Men in Drag - 1949

By Eric Richardson — October 05, 2009 — 2 Comments

Tomorrow holds the first of two film screenings leading up to LAvender Los Angeles, a two-week event centered around the history of LGBT Los Angeles. The event...

Seal Olympic Ed Fuentes

Official City Seal Marks L.A.'s Past

By Ed Fuentes — September 09, 2009 — 6 Comments

Though it can be found all around us, especially here in Downtown, few probably pay attention to the official seal of the City of Los Angeles.

The 104-year-old...

Mickey Cohen Crossing Spring Street

By Eric Richardson — September 04, 2009

Those with a taste for L.A. history may want to plan to be near their radios on Tuesday afternoon. L.A. Observed's Kevin Roderick will use his time as host of KCRW...

First Interstate Bank Fire -- May 4, 1988 Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library

Downtown's History Light on Big Fires

By Eric Richardson — September 02, 2009 — 7 Comments

With the attention of Los Angeles still focused on the Station Fire, which has now consumed more than 140,000 acres in the Angeles National Forest, it seems appropriate...

Firefighters at the Barclay Hotel

By Eric Richardson — August 21, 2009 — 4 Comments

Around 2am on August 21, 1972, guest Harry Roche smelled smoke from his bed in room 532 of the Barclay Hotel at 4th and Main. Finding his room phone dead, he ran...

1939 Leaper Illustration Los Angeles Times

Downtown's Death Leaps

By Eric Richardson — August 11, 2009 — 15 Comments

The Downtown News this week writes about the six suicide jumps that have taken place thus far in 2009, asking whether there might be an underlying cause for the...

Statler Hotel

By Eric Richardson — August 06, 2009 — 8 Comments

On August 6, 1952, the Hotel Statler welcomed its first paying guest, William H. Thomas of Cleveland and Washington, D.C. The 1275-room hotel cost $25,000,000 to...

First English Lutheran Church, 8th and Flower. Circa 1900-1910 USC Digital Archives / California Historical Society

73 Years Ago: Gas Company Purchases Site at 8th & Flower, Home to Historic Church

By Eric Richardson — July 29, 2009 — 3 Comments

On July 29, 1936, the Southern California Gas Company confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that it had bought the southeast corner of 8th and Flower for $125,000....

BIOLA, 1926 California Historical Society / USC Digital Archive

24 Years Ago: Church of the Open Door Held Its Last Service

By Eric Richardson — June 23, 2009 — 11 Comments

On June 23, 1985, the Church of the Open Door held its last service inside the 4,000 seat auditorium of its 1915 facility on Hope street.

While the date signaled...

Ashes and Snow

By Eric Richardson — June 19, 2009 — 1 Comment

UPDATE (Friday, 6pm): Saturday's tour has been cancelled due to logistics issues. "All About" will return July 25.

The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation...