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LA Times Photos from 5/13/1959

By Eric Richardson — May 12, 2009 — 2 Comments

Was society really more civilized fifty years ago? On May 12, 1959, 22-year-old Robert David Thomas took a "precarious perch" on the parapet of the Broadway Arcade...

Metcalf Building, 115 W. 7th

By Eric Richardson — May 08, 2009 — 4 Comments

Passersby on 7th street likely don't give a second look to this funny-looking little annex on 7th street, a small piece of the Board of Trades building, now SB Main...

Union Station Grand Opening Parade

By Eric Richardson — May 05, 2009

The grand opening of Union Station, which turned 70 this week, was almost delayed by the furriest of foes: a gray alley cat named Boots and her three newborn kittens...

Union Station 70th Press Conference Eric Richardson

Union Station Celebrates 70 Years

By Eric Richardson — May 04, 2009 — 12 Comments

Los Angeles' Union Station opened seventy years ago, but speakers at a morning press conference honoring the occasion said that the station is today more vibrant...

Pig'n Whistle in the Fine Arts Building Keystone Photo Service / USC Digital Archives

Pig'n Whistle Still Eyeing Downtown Return

By Eric Richardson — April 27, 2009 — 11 Comments

At last week's DLANC Planning committee meeting, a familiar name again came up in discussion of a restaurant space in the Fine Arts Building on 7th street. Among...

Farmers and Merchants Bank

By Eric Richardson — April 22, 2009 — 1 Comment

On Sunday afternoon, the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California will host Frances Dinkelspiel for a presentation from her book, "Towers of Gold: How One...

FLYING BUS-Model of helicopter with passenger carrying pod is inspected by Ann Orbeck. Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library

Flying Buses Would Have Linked Downtown to LAX

By Eric Richardson — April 21, 2009 — 10 Comments

This evening, Metro will hold the first of five meetings updating community members on the "Harbor Subdivision," a rail corridor linking Downtown and LAX. It's...

Winfield Arms

By Eric Richardson — April 14, 2009 — 3 Comments

When Eugenia Chung and Klaus Schmidt signed a deal to open german restaurant Schmidt's Brauhaus at Olympic and Olive, they took over a building that didn't look...

Tower Theater

By Eric Richardson — April 09, 2009 — 3 Comments

Another month, another chance to learn about some of Downtown's coolest historic buildings. The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation offers a three-for-the-price...

Don Lee Television Camera and Tower USC Digital Archives / Dick Whittington Studio

Downtown's Television History Over 75 Years Old

By Eric Richardson — April 07, 2009 — 1 Comment

When ESPN opened its new studios at L.A. Live yesterday, it proclaimed them the world's first 1080P production facility.

How appropriate, then, that these new studios...

Petroleum Building Under Construction

By Eric Richardson — April 01, 2009 — 4 Comments

On April 1, 1949, Governor Earl Warren and Mayor Fletcher Bowron were on hand as General Petroleum Corporation raised the flag to the top of its new headquarters...