Sumary of Los Angeles – then and now: Fascinating vintage pictures of the city matched with modern-day images:
- Rosemary writes: ‘Surviving disastrous flooding, fires, riots and of course, earthquakes, Los Angeles continues to attract new residents and visitors alike.
- ‹ Slide me › OLVERA STREET: The photo on the left shows Olvera Street – considered to be the oldest street in Los Angeles – in 1940. It was originally a lane known as Wine Street but according to Rosemary it was renamed in 1877 ‘in honor of one of its residents, Agustin Olvera, the county’s first judge’.
- Rosemary says: ‘The main foreground seen in the archival photograph is now the site of government buildings, including the Criminal Court Building and the Hall of Records’ ‹ Slide me › BROADWAY FROM OLYMPIC: The photo on the left was captured in 1933 and shows the Broadway theater district.
- Rosemary says: ‘This is bringing people back to downtown Los Angeles, home to the largest surviving group of pre-World War II theaters’ ‹ Slide me › BILTMORE HOTEL: The legacy of the Biltmore Hotel, pictured on the left in 1928, is intertwined with Hollywood glitz and glamour.
- Rosemary says: ‘The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded at a lunch in the Crystal Ballroom in May 1927. Legend has it that MGM director Cedric Gibbons sketched the design for the Oscar statue on a linen Biltmore napkin.
- Meanwhile, the adjacent Pershing Square has been upgraded with a concert stage, a seasonal ice rink and a public seating area’ ‹ Slide me › LOS ANGELES COLISEUM: If you look to the left, you’ll see the Los Angeles Coliseum as it appeared in 1923, the year it opened.