Seventh Street

Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Although Los Angeles is polycentric and does not have a downtown in the sense of a unary economic center that is the focus of the metropolis (such as The Loop in Chicago), the downtown is still a vibrant area with a rich architectural heritage. Indeed, if someone were walking down Seventh Street in the mid 1920s, the effect might not be that different from walking down Broadway in New York at the same time. It was after the 1930s Depression and the explosion of post-WW-II suburbanization that the destinies of these two cities so radically diverged.

Seventh Street emerged as a commercial corridor in the first two decades of the 20th century. Accordingly, the dominant architectural style was Beaux Arts, with later Art Deco facades resulting from renovations of existing Beaux Arts structures in the 1930s.

The post-WW-II decline of Seventh Street was exacerbated by the urban renewal of Bunker Hill that created a new, modernist commercial center to the north. Ironically, this may have served to help protect Seventh Street since the buildings were simply deserted rather than demolished to make way for new construction. I visited in 2013 when many of the lovely old office buildings had been converted into dorms for rich folks.

These photos roughly follow the self-guided tour from the Los Angeles Conservancy, Strolling on Seventh Street and proceed from west to east.

Seventh Street - Harbor Freeway (110)
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Harbor Freeway (110)
Seventh Street - Harbor Freeway (110)
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Harbor Freeway (110)
Seventh Street - Ernst and Young Plaza (725 South Figueroa)
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Ernst and Young Plaza (725 South Figueroa)
Seventh Street - Wilshire Grand / Statler Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd. (1952
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Wilshire Grand / Statler Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd. (1952
Seventh Street - Wilshire Grand / Statler Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd. (1952
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Wilshire Grand / Statler Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd. (1952
Seventh Street - Wilshire Grand / Statler Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd. (1952
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Wilshire Grand / Statler Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd. (1952
Seventh Street - Wilshire Grand / Statler Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd. (1952
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Wilshire Grand / Statler Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd. (1952
Seventh Street - Wilshire Grand / Statler Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd. (1952
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Wilshire Grand / Statler Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd. (1952
Seventh Street - Wilshire Grand / Statler Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd. (1952
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Wilshire Grand / Statler Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd. (1952
Seventh Street - Home Savings of America Tower, 831 West Seventh (1989)
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Home Savings of America Tower, 831 West Seventh (1989)
Seventh Street - Barker Brothers Building, 818 West Seventh (1926)
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Barker Brothers Building, 818 West Seventh (1926)
Seventh Street - Barker Brothers Building, 818 West Seventh (1926)
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Barker Brothers Building, 818 West Seventh (1926)
Seventh Street - Fine Arts Building, 811 West Seventh (1926)
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Fine Arts Building, 811 West Seventh (1926)
Seventh Street - Roosevelt Building, 727 West Seventh (1927)
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Roosevelt Building, 727 West Seventh (1927)
Seventh Street - Broadway Plaza, 700 West Seventh (1973)
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Broadway Plaza, 700 West Seventh (1973)
Seventh Street - Brockman Building, 530 West Seventh (1912)
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Brockman Building, 530 West Seventh (1912)
Seventh Street - Looking north on Grand Avenue from Seventh Street
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Looking north on Grand Avenue from Seventh Street
Seventh Street - J.W. Robinson Company, 600 West Seventh (1915 / 1934)
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J.W. Robinson Company, 600 West Seventh (1915 / 1934)
Seventh Street - Alley, 505 West Seventh
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Alley, 505 West Seventh
Seventh Street - Coulter Dry Goods Company, 500 West Seventh (1917)
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Coulter Dry Goods Company, 500 West Seventh (1917)
Seventh Street
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Seventh Street - Alley, 411 West Seventh
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Alley, 411 West Seventh
Seventh Street - Huntsberger-Mennell Building, 412 West Seventh (1917)
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Huntsberger-Mennell Building, 412 West Seventh (1917)
Seventh Street
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Seventh Street - Foreman and Clark Building, 400 West Seventh (1928)
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Foreman and Clark Building, 400 West Seventh (1928)
Seventh Street - 400 block of West Seventh, south side
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400 block of West Seventh, south side
Seventh Street - Dunn-Williams Building / Sprckles Building, 714 West Seventh (1922)
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Dunn-Williams Building / Sprckles Building, 714 West Seventh (1922)
Seventh Street - Clifton's Cafeteria, 648 South Broadway
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Clifton's Cafeteria, 648 South Broadway
Seventh Street - Loew's State Theatre, 300 West Seventh (1921)
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Loew's State Theatre, 300 West Seventh (1921)
Seventh Street - Corleone Pizza, 310 West Seventh
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Corleone Pizza, 310 West Seventh
Seventh Street - Corleone Pizza, 310 West Seventh
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Corleone Pizza, 310 West Seventh
Seventh Street - Haas Building, 219 West Seventh (1915 / 1970s)
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Haas Building, 219 West Seventh (1915 / 1970s)
Seventh Street - Haas Building, 219 West Seventh (1915 / 1970s)
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Haas Building, 219 West Seventh (1915 / 1970s)
Seventh Street - I.N. Van Nuys Building, 210 West Seventh (1911)
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I.N. Van Nuys Building, 210 West Seventh (1911)
Seventh Street - Hellman Commercial Trust and Savings Bank, 650 South Spring (1925)
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Hellman Commercial Trust and Savings Bank, 650 South Spring (1925)
Seventh Street - Hellman Commercial Trust and Savings Bank, 650 South Spring (1925)
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Hellman Commercial Trust and Savings Bank, 650 South Spring (1925)
Seventh Street - Hotel Cecil, 640 S. Main Street
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Hotel Cecil, 640 S. Main Street
Seventh Street - Board of Trade Building, 111 West Seventh (1926)
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Board of Trade Building, 111 West Seventh (1926)
Seventh Street - Looking west down Seventh Street from Main Street
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Looking west down Seventh Street from Main Street
Seventh Street - Looking west down Seventh Street from Los Angeles Street
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Looking west down Seventh Street from Los Angeles Street
Seventh Street - Transportation Building, 122 East Seventh (1924)
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Transportation Building, 122 East Seventh (1924)
Seventh Street - Looking east down Seventh Street away from downtown
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Looking east down Seventh Street away from downtown
Seventh Street - Builders' Exchange Building, 209 East Seventh (1925)
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Builders' Exchange Building, 209 East Seventh (1925)
Seventh Street - Seventh Street at Los Angeles Street, NW corner
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Seventh Street at Los Angeles Street, NW corner
Seventh Street - Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Company, 700 South Main (1899)
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Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Company, 700 South Main (1899)

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