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General Hospital – The Iconic Depression Era Building !!

On January 17, 1994, a 6.7 earthquake with a San Fernando Valley epicenter caused widespread damage throughout Los Angeles. The earthquake renewed concerns about building safety and codes; specifically, for hospitals. Before then, LA’s General Hospital was located at 1200 State Street, in one of Downtown’s most famous and iconic buildings.

Monuments in Time: Angel’s Flight

During a recent filming of La La Land, Olivet and Sinai, once Downtown’s favorite couple and long-time workers of Angel’s Flight were finally back working together again. If only briefly, as LA’s near vertical funicular re-opened for a single day to accommodate the filming of the Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone,

Monuments in Time – Warner Brothers Theater

By Alan Reyes If you walk down 7th St. and arrive on the corner of Hill St. you’ll pass by the old Warner Bros. Theater - but you probably would never know it’s there. It’s now a jewelry store. The only way to identify the theatre from the exterior is to

Monuments in Time – The Barclay Hotel

By Charles Lee Hackett There are magic Brokedown Palaces of sorts towering over the littered sidewalks all over the downtown area. These colossal hulks left over from the glory days of Los Angeles, when a million dollars bought you acres and acres of undeveloped land, still exist in various states of

Monuments in Time: Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Building

By Robert Moskowitz The Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Building, 523 West 6th Street, adjacent to the Biltmore Hotel and defining the southwest edge of Pershing Square, at Olive Street, is reborn. Purchased in April, 2012, by Rising Realty Partners (RRP) for an undisclosed sum rumored to be $60 million, the iconic trio of

Monuments in Time: The Continental Building

The Continental Building is a 13-story residential building located on the corner of 4th and Spring Street in the Historic Core of Los Angeles. The building was designed by the well known architect John Parkinson. Parkinson also designed many of Downtown Los Angeles’ historic buildings such as the Alexandria Hotel, City

Monuments in Time: The Palace Theater

By Alan Reyes The Palace Theater opened in 1911 as The Orpheum designed by G. Albert Lansburgh in a beaux-arts style, it was one of the longest running movie palaces in the U.S. until it closed down in 2000. Originally a vaudeville theater Every major vaudeville star at the time performed