Most photos of the Los Angeles City Hall show us the front view, so I like that this photographer chose to shoot it from the rear, probably from some vantage point along Los Angeles Street. This shot was taken in 1951, so I’m surprised the block behind City Hall is empty. I’d have thought by then it would have developed, but all we can see is an empty field and a few parked cars. I wonder if anyone was making out inside them.
Here’s a (cleaned up and colorized. view from the old courthouse (Broadway and Temple) in 1899 looking southeast towards Main and 1st Street. Los Angeles Street is on the far left.