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Los Angeles in the 1930sThe WPA Guide to the City of Angels$
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Federal Writers Project of the Works Project Administration

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268838

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268838.001.0001

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Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles

(p.144) (p.145) Downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles in the 1930s
Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration
University of California Press

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

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