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History Lesson

800 Wilshire

By Eric Richardson — October 28, 2008 — 2 Comments

Today it's just a non-descript office building, but when plans for 800 Wilshire were announced on October 28, 1970, the L.A. Times wrote that "the downtown financial...

Third Street Tunnel

By Eric Richardson — September 05, 2008 — 11 Comments

The elder of the two tunnels under Bunker Hill, the Third Street Tunnel turned 107 years old this year. That makes it nearly half as old as the City of Los Angeles...

One Old Way

By Eric Richardson — August 25, 2008 — 2 Comments

Every once in a while on a walk through Downtown, you run across something that makes you stop and say, "I think that's probably pretty old." Last week I was walking...

John H. Jones Building

By Eric Richardson — August 19, 2008 — 8 Comments

Located in the heart of Gallery Row and the Historic Core, nearly everyone Downtown has likely stood on the corner of 5th and Main at one time or another. Likely...


By Eric Richardson — May 26, 2008

Nowhere is the changing nature of South Park more evident than at the corner of James M. Wood Blvd. and Francisco street. Located on the corner there is the Salvation...

Former Stage Area

By Eric Richardson — September 07, 2007 — 4 Comments

Downtowners who've seen his rhymes via Art Walk or email may be more familiar with the latter of Broker Poet Ed Rosenthal's two professions, but Ed's no slouch when...

Former Greyhound Station

By Eric Richardson — August 13, 2007 — 9 Comments

If you're on 7th street and glance into the parking entrance for the LA Merchandise Mart, you may just catch a glimpse of signage welcoming you to Los Angeles. ...

By Eric Richardson — December 10, 2006 — 13 Comments

There are a lot of odd buildings on Broadway, and each has arrived at its look via a unique path. The Merritt Building sits on the northwest corner of 8th and...

Gas Holder

By Eric Richardson — November 21, 2006 — 23 Comments

If you look at the photo I linked to in the Sunkist post you'll see an enormously large tank or silo back in the distance. I'd seen these same sort of tanks in...

Sunkist Building

By Eric Richardson — November 20, 2006 — 4 Comments

There's really no end to the fascinating things you can find when you start digging into the history of Downtown Los Angeles. Yesterday I was wandering through...

Great Western Plaza

By Eric Richardson — September 01, 2006 — 10 Comments

Walking west on 7th street there's a faded sign that's always fascinated me. I've been intending to write about it for months now; I even took a photo in January...

New Story Building

By Eric Richardson — August 30, 2006 — 6 Comments

One of the cool things about Downtown is the history you can find on the sides of buildings. Vestiges of past occupants and previous uses are still to be found...