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Downtown Los Angeles

in Los Angeles in the 1930s

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268838
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948860 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268838.003.0010
Downtown Los Angeles

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Visible remains and sites important in the every period of Los Angeles' history are seen within a radius of a few blocks of the old Plaza. The oldest of these is the site of the Indian village of Yang-Na, settled long before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors. A few relics of the days of Spanish and Mexican rule stand about the Plaza. Evidence of the city's dissimilar periods and cultures create a feeling of confusion in this vicinity; the monumental modern buildings of the new and still uncompleted Civic Center stand side by side with the grimy structures of former years, designed in pseudo-mission and rococo styles, and the aged, crumbling adobes of the pueblo period. This chapter describes buildings in downtown Los Angeles including Los Angeles City Hall, Federal Building, Los Angeles County Hall of Justice, Merced Theatre Building, and Biltmore Hotel.

Keywords: Los Angeles; downtown; Civic Center; Los Angeles City Hall; Federal Building; Los Angeles County Hall of Justice; Merced Theatre Building; Biltmore Hotel

Chapter.  7287 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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