Hollenbeck Hotel, corner of Spring St and 2nd St, downtown Los Angeles, circa 1895

Spring St and 2nd St, downtown Los Angeles, circa 1895. The Hollenbeck Hotel is to the leftIt’s remarkable to think that downtown L.A. was once filled with glorious structures like the Hollenbeck Hotel (corner of Spring St and 2nd St) seen here in the foreground of this circa 1895 photograph. Look at the detailing on the façade of the building. And all so far removed from pedestrian traffic that hardly anybody would even see it up close!

Circa early 1900s, we can see much of the roof has been removed, leaving a plainer silhouette.

Hollenbeck Building and Hotel

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One Response to Hollenbeck Hotel, corner of Spring St and 2nd St, downtown Los Angeles, circa 1895

  1. Gary Demirdjian says:

    That first photo at the top reminds me of a street in Amsterdam. Funny how, IMO, the architecture is very European in aesthetic design. But I guess it only makes sense considering L.A. hadn’t really created an identity of its own at that point.