Market at Wilshire Blvd and Hamilton Dr, Los Angeles, October 1932

Market at Wilshire Blvd and Hamilton Dr, Los Angeles, October 1932Why don’t mini malls look like this anymore? This beautiful market was at the corner of Wilshire Blvd and Hamilton Dr. and in October 1932, when this photo was taken, offered one-stop shopping: fruits, vegetables, meats, delicatessen, groceries, bakery, dairy, dressmaker, and gasoline, complete with decorative tiling, a clock tower, and a Juliet balcony! Amazing, the place is still there. It’s empty, but it still survives.

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And in 2016:

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One Response to Market at Wilshire Blvd and Hamilton Dr, Los Angeles, October 1932

  1. Jean Hunter says:

    What a beautiful beautiful building! Shame it’s sitting empty (that big dumpster concerns me as well as that diagonal crack on the front wall) but like Martin said, it has survived the wrecking ball. This little shopping center was called the Sunset Clock Drive-Up Market.

    Here’s a shot from 1929/1930 of that cute little gas station:

    http://waterandpower.org/7%20Historic%20Photos%207/Sunset_Clock_Market_Gas_Station_ca1929.jpg

    And the beautiful clock:

    http://waterandpower.org/7%20Historic%20Photos%207/Sunset_Clock_Market_ca1930.jpg

    Thanks for sharing, Martin.

    Jean