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Houses along Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1927

These days, Wilshire Blvd is a very long parade of mainly office towers and stores. But back in the day – in the case of this photo, 1927 – it was largely private homes, which looked like this. Personally, I wish it were more like it used to be.

The Orpheum on lower Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, during it’s life as a vaudeville theater, 1949.

The Orpheum on lower Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, during it’s life as a vaudeville theater, (South Park series 2 of

The stretch of LA’s Wilshire Boulevard known as the "Miracle Mile" extends from Fairfax Ave to La Brea Ave. It was the brainchild of real estate developer A.W. Ross who wanted to develop Wilshire as a commercial precinct to rival downtown. He called it “Miracle Mile” in what we would now call “branding” and it became a huge success and encouraged LA to spread west, which in turn helped give rise to LA’s car culture. This photo is circa 1958 and is looking west from around Detroit Street.

The stretch of Wilshire Boulevard known as "Miracle Mile," Los Angeles, circa 1958

1st and Broadway looking NW, Los Angeles,1886

When Los Angeles was a horse town—stables and a saddlery shop at the corner of First and Broadway circa (Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

The Broadway Arcade Building entrance in downtown Los Angeles, 1954. The building still stands, recently converted to apartments. (Source: photos.lapl.org)

The Broadway Arcade Building entrance, downtown Los Angeles, The Arcade is part of a huge complex that stretches from Broadway to Spring Street between and It still stands, having.

Main Street looking north from around 6th. Photo was taken on May 8, 1901, the day U.S. President William McKinley came to Los Angeles. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Main Street, looking north from around Street. President William McKinley came to Los Angeles.

Nothing conjures up feelings of sunny California quite like vintage photos of L.A.

33 Beautiful Photos of Los Angeles From 1898 - 1960s

Merry Christmas from Los Angeles Conservancy! Check out this 1940 photo of downtown Los Angeles at Grand and decorated for Christmas.

Old Los Angeles: Wilshire Boulevard transitions from a Spanish to an American street grid at Hoover, as seen in this circa 1930s.

Old Los Angeles, California: Wilshire Boulevard transitions from a Spanish to an American street grid at Hoover, as seen in this photo circa

The “Court of Olive” building (as it was called in 1929) was built by silent western star Fred Thomson and his wife, Frances Marion, around 1928, the year Thomson died.  Located at 6530 Sunset Blvd.,it is now the site of the endangered Cat and Fiddle Restaurant and Pub. This building is incorrectly referred to as the Thompson [sic.] Building online. If anything, it should be referred to by its original name or the Thomson Building. (California State Library) Bizarre Los Angeles

The Thomson Building at 6530 Sunset Boulevard was built by silent western star Fred Thomson around 1928

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