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(ca. 1890s)^*# - View looking north on Main Street from 5th Street. The Westminster Hotel is at center-left (sign on roof line). The U.S. Government Building is seen to the far right.

(ca. 1890s)^*# - View looking north on Main Street from 5th Street. The Westminster Hotel is at center-left (sign on roof line). The U.S. Government Building is seen to the far right.

L.A.'s first high school being transported across Temple Street and Broadway. Courtesy of the Title Insurance and Trust / C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, USC Libraries.

L.A.'s first high school being transported across Temple Street and Broadway. Courtesy of the Title Insurance and Trust / C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, USC Libraries.

The new Federal Courthouse and Post Office near City Hall and old Main Street, circa 1940. The signs on some of the shops and offices are in Spanish.

The new Federal Courthouse and Post Office near City Hall and old Main Street, circa 1940. The signs on some of the shops and offices are in Spanish.

This photo of the Bradbury Building at the corner of Broadway and 3rd in downtown L.A is from 1894, so it was taken within a year of the building’s opening. What’s remarkable about the Bradbury Building is that its interior atrium is lit largely by an enormous skylight which changes the colors of the brick work and wrought iron as the sun moves through the sky. Interestingly, 123 years later, it’s still pretty much intact.

This photo of the Bradbury Building at the corner of Broadway and 3rd in downtown L.A is from 1894, so it was taken within a year of the building’s opening. What’s remarkable about the Bradbury Building is that its interior atrium is lit largely by an enormous skylight which changes the colors of the brick work and wrought iron as the sun moves through the sky. Interestingly, 123 years later, it’s still pretty much intact.

Believe it or not, this imposing building was the Los Angeles Orphan Asylum. It was built in 1890 by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Boyle Heights on what is now known as Whittier Blvd. where it gave LA’s orphans a home until the late 1950s. I guess the nuns must have had some pull because the architectural firm who designed this gorgeous building also designed the Los Angeles County Courthouse, which is another of LA’s great losses.

Believe it or not, this imposing building was the Los Angeles Orphan Asylum. It was built in 1890 by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Boyle Heights on what is now known as Whittier Blvd. where it gave LA’s orphans a home until the late 1950s. I guess the nuns must have had some pull because the architectural firm who designed this gorgeous building also designed the Los Angeles County Courthouse, which is another of LA’s great losses.

Herald Examiner Building

Herald Examiner Building

Sisters Orphan Home (Los Angeles Orphanage), Boyle Heights, Seventh Street and Boyle Avenue

Sisters Orphan Home (Los Angeles Orphanage), Boyle Heights, Seventh Street and Boyle Avenue

A. Hamburger and Sons was one of the first department stores to operate in Los Angeles.  Originally known as A. Hamburger & Son's People's Store, the name later changed to Hamburger's Store.   In 1908 the company relocated their store from Spring Street to a newer building located at Broadway and Eighth Street.  May Department Stores acquired Hamburger's in 1923 and renamed it the May Company. Later, it became Robinsons-May; and this entity would be bought out by Macy's in 2005.

A. Hamburger and Sons was one of the first department stores to operate in Los Angeles. Originally known as A. Hamburger & Son's People's Store, the name later changed to Hamburger's Store. In 1908 the company relocated their store from Spring Street to a newer building located at Broadway and Eighth Street. May Department Stores acquired Hamburger's in 1923 and renamed it the May Company. Later, it became Robinsons-May; and this entity would be bought out by Macy's in 2005.

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Los Angeles in the 1920s

Photos: Los Angeles in the 1920s

Hall of Justice Sept. 2014.  The Hall of Justice was the centerpiece of the Los Angeles County justice system until it was damaged in the Northridge earthquake. It was the home of the Los Angeles County courts, Los Angeles County Coroner, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney.  For many years it was the primary jail for Los Angeles County.  The Grand re-opening for Hall of Justice is October 2014.

Hall of Justice Sept. 2014. The Hall of Justice was the centerpiece of the Los Angeles County justice system until it was damaged in the Northridge earthquake. It was the home of the Los Angeles County courts, Los Angeles County Coroner, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney. For many years it was the primary jail for Los Angeles County. The Grand re-opening for Hall of Justice is October 2014.