Corner of Wilshire Blvd and Western Ave, Los Angeles, 1927

Corner of Wilshire Blvd and Western Ave, Los Angeles, 1927These days, the corner of Wilshire Blvd and Western Ave, is always so packed with vehicles and pedestrians coming in and out of the Metro subway station, or heading for the Wiltern Theater that it’s hard to imagine it as a sleep little intersection of cute little one-story buildings. If you look closely, you can see a car on show in a cute picture-frame window display. What amazes me is that this now-busy corner didn’t even rate traffic lights back then. I wonder if they came along when the Wiltern opened in 1931.

That same corner in 2016:

Corner Wilshire and Western 2016

 

 

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4 Responses to Corner of Wilshire Blvd and Western Ave, Los Angeles, 1927

  1. PDQ says:

    Point of interest: The bank sign on the side of the building appears to be for San Francisco based Bank of Italy which would change its name to Bank of America in the mid-40’s.

  2. Jean Hunter says:

    Looks like 1927 was wiped off the face of the earth on this corner. Thank heavens for these pictures. Nothing (for me) to even appreciate in the 2016 version of this same area. UGH

    Thanks for sharing, Martin.

    Jean

  3. Jean Hunter says:

    You’re right, PDQ – nothing against the Wiltern and I’m very very glad it has survived the Hollywood/LA massacre.

    I was caught up in the “nothing’s the same” frame of mind which is how I’m unfortunately often feeling when looking at then and now pics of what the Golden Age used to look like!

    Geez, in this pic, couldn’t they have at least left in those street lamps for decoration?!

    Take care –
    Jean