Mid-Wilshire: McArtur Park-Vermont 

Westlake - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacArthur_Park

Westlake -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westlake,_Los_Angeles

Westlake neighborhood. Alvorado-Wilshire. One of the first areas of Los Angeles west of Figueroa Street to see residential development, by the 1920s Westlake resembled the Upper East Side of Manhattan (complete with a large Jewish population).By the 1960s, virtually all of its white population had decamped to the West Side or the suburbs, replaced with transients who had been pushed out of Bunker Hill by "urban renewal" in the 1950s, and Mexican-Americans in the 50s and 60s, who themselves moved out for suburbs by the middle 1970s. Most of Westlake''s elegant mansions were subdivided into apartments at this time, and many of its Beaux-Arts apartment buildings became residential hotels. Meanwhile, MacArthur Park became notorious for its narcotics dealers, heroin addicts, and prostitutes. In the 1980s, Westlake became the home of Los Angeles'' vibrant but severely impoverished Salvadoran and Guatemalan communities, exiles from the civil wars in Central America at the time. They were drawn to the area''s cheap housing and proximity to Salvadoran and Guatemalan consulates.[2] The concurrent development of adjacent Bunker Hill as a major commercial district provided many of the newcomers with employment in the garment industry and service industries. Westlake is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Los Angeles, with a population density of 38,212 persons/mileІ.[1] Westlake is one of the least diverse areas in the city with 73.4% of the population being Latino.[3] The next largest group being Asian at 16.5% of the population. El Salvador (17.2%) and Mexico (36.8%) are the most common foreign places of birth for residents. Westlake gained greater notoriety in the late 1990s from the Rampart scandal that rocked the Los Angeles Police Department

MacArtur park.Oзеро паркa Вестлейка было фонoм многих фильмов Чарли Чаплинa - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacArthur_Park

Macarthur Park Mystery Solved!

Macarthur Park Mystery Solved!

Macarthur Park Mystery Solved!

Hungarian Freedom Fighters Memorial.Erected in memory of the heroes of the glorious Hungarian Freedom Fight of 1956/A symbol of man''s earning for freedom everywhere/Hungarian Freedom Fighters Federation 1969. Jozsef Cardinal Mindszenty Square, MacArthur Park

Over the years, the Park Plaza Hotel has played host to some of the most Hollywood elite and has been used in a variety of motion pictures, television series and commercials. Park Plaza was built in 1925 by the Elks to be used as lodge number 99. The building, done in the Neo-Gothic style, was created by renowned art deco architect Claud Beelman. The pool area hosted many indoor swimming events during the 1932 Summer Olympics. Eventually, the Elks sold the building, and the building ended up being transformed into a luxury hotel, set perfectly then on the shores of what was a very glamorous MacArthur Park. The City of Los Angeles thought the architecture significantly important enough to warrant a City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Historic-Cultural Monument No. 267. This is significant in that many other Wilshire Boulevard area landmarks have fallen prey to the wrecking ball over the years. Luckily, despite the demolition of important landmarks all around it, the grand entrance and ballroom of the Elk''s No. 99 / Park Plaza building still bears its old "jazz age" grandeur, much to the relief of Los Angeles architectural aficianados

The Elk''s Lodge No. 99 / Park Plaza Hotel is located at 607 Park View Street just off Wilshire Boulevard near downtown Los Angeles, California. It was created by renowned Art Deco architect Claud Beelman, during the time he was a Senior Partner at the prestigious firm he co-owned in the 1920s, Curlett + Beelman

Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

The building originally was designed for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (B.P.O.E). Done in the Gothic Revival architecture style (Neo-Gothic), the building still sports a brass sculpture of a set of elk antlers embedded in the clock above the grand entry to the building. Eventually, the Elks sold the building due to shrinking attendance in their ranks, and the building ended up being transformed into a luxury hotel, set perfectly then on the shores of what was once a very glamorous MacArthur Park.The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE; also often known as the Elks Lodge or simply The Elks) is an American fraternal order and social club founded in 1868. It is one of the leading fraternal orders in the U.S., claiming nearly one million members -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benevolent_and_Protective_Order_of_Elks

Entrance of The Park Plaza Hotel Building -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_Plaza_Hotel_(Los_Angeles)

Park Plaza hotel inside - http://www.parkplazala.com/sites/courses/layout9.asp?id=445&page=13493

General Harrison Gray Otis, 1837-1917. Soldier, journalist, friend of freedom.

General Harrison Gray Otis

MacArtur Park. Asbury. 1923 видел грандиозное строительство высотныx жилыx домoв - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lafayette_Park,_Los_Angeles,_California

Asbury, 6th street

Wilshire 2511.Hayworth Theatre

Wilshire Bryson 2701. Bryson Apartment Hotel. Built in 1913 in the Beaux Arts style, it was one of the most luxurious residential buildings in Los Angeles for many years. The building is also closely associated with the city''s film noir history, having been featured in Raymond Chandler''s works and the 1990 neo-noir The Grifters. The building''s stone lions and large rooftop "Bryson" sign have become Los Angeles landmarks. -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryson_Apartment_Hotel Bryson принадлежал киноактеру Фреду Mac -Мюррей ( Fred Mac-Murray

Canary Island palm trees and jacaranda were planted - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_canariensis

Jacaranda -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacaranda

Near Wilshire Boulevard and Commonwealth Avenue in 1945.Lafayette Park (left). Clara R. Shatto donated 35 acres of land to the City of Los Angeles in 1899. The land consisted of tar seeps and oil wells and Shatto requested that it be developed into a park.[1] Shatto was the wife of George Shatto, then-owner of Santa Catalina Island.Canary Island palm trees and jacaranda were planted in the area of what became known as Sunset Park. Local groups requested that the name be changed to commemorate Marquis de Lafayette, a military officer of the American Revolutionary War. The name was officially changed in 1918.[3] A statue of him was erected in 1937, close to the Wilshire Boulevard entrance

Felipe De Neve Library Branch . -Felipe De Neve Branch is a branch library of the Los Angeles Public Library located in the Lafayette Park section of Los Angeles, California. It was built in 1929 based on a Mediterranean Revival-Classical Revival design by architect Austin Whittlesey. The branch was named after Felipe de Neve, the Spanish governor of California who oversaw the founding of Los Angeles. The branch was opened on Felipe De Neve Day in 1929, celebrating the 148th anniversary of the founding of Los Angeles- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felipe_De_Neve_Branch

The Town House is a hotel property builded in 1929. From the 1960s through the 1980s, the area around Lafayette Park became less desirable and more dangerous. The building was operated for many years as a Sheraton hotel under the name "The Sheraton-Town House" and "The Sheraton-West." It was later converted for use as low-income housing.- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Town_House_(Los_Angeles,_California)

6th street, 540 S. Commonwealth First Congregational Church, 1930 by architects Allison + Allison , Gothic Revival Style ,

First Congregational Church. Джеймс В. Фифилд, младший (1899-1977), давний пастор First Congregational Church, автобиографию, Высокий Проповедник: Автобиография доктора Джеймса В. Fifield, младшего (1977). Он вел еженедельную колонку в Los Angeles Times.

First congregational church

Bullocks Wilshire 3050. The building was designed by Los Angeles architects John and Donald Parkinson;[2] the interior design was by Eleanor Lemaire and Jock Peters of the Feil & Paradise Company;[2] the ceiling mural of the porte cochere was painted by Herman Sachs. The building was completed in 1929 as a luxury department store for owner John G. Bullock (owner of the more mainstream Bullock''s in Downtown Los Angeles). The exterior is notable for its 241-foot (73 m) tower whose top is sheathed in copper, tarnished green. At one time, the tower peak had a light that could be seen for miles around. Bullocks Wilshire''s innovation was that it was one of the first department stores in Los Angeles to cater to the burgeoning automobile culture. It was located in a then-mostly residential district, its objective to attract shoppers who wanted a closer place to shop than Downtown Los Angeles.The department store served the upper crust of Los Angeles society. In its heyday, Bullocks Wilshire patrons included Mae West, John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, Alfred Hitchcock, Greta Garbo, ZaSu Pitts,[5] Walt Disney[6] and Clark Gable. While struggling to become an actress, a teen-aged Angela Lansbury worked as a sales clerk.[5] Future First Lady Patricia Nixon also served a stint on the floor.[5] From his studio, next to the Chanel department, Neil Gittings photographed many celebrities who frequented Bullocks Wilshire. In the early 70''s, this sub-division of Bullock''s dropped its apostrophe and began opening separate branch locations so as to separate its decidedly luxury identity from its larger yet more upper-moderate/better parent. Branches were located in Palm Springs, Woodland Hills (The Promenade), Newport Beach (Fashion Island), La Jolla, Palos Verdes, and Palm Desert (formerly Bonwit Teller). Over the years, a shift by other luxury stores and boutiques to the west side of the city/county resulted in the primary Bullocks Wilshire trading area''s fall, yet the main store held on as a destination until 1988, when it began its own precipitous decline, hastened under operation by its final owners, Macy''s, who had acquired the chain from the Campeau Corporation.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullocks_Wilshire

Wilshire 3050. Bullocks Wilshire - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullocks_Wilshire

Wilshire -Vermont transit center

С официальным присоединением Голливудa как части города Лос-Анджелесa, многие его светила, включая Мэри Пикфорд и Гарольда Ллойда, также, как и основатель газеты Los Angeles Times генерал Харрисон Грэй Отис, построили дома в области Вилшир бульварa

Westlake neighborhood
Westlake neighborhood
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
История Mid-Wilshire blvd

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