L.A. Christmas Card, 1911

Christmas Card, 1911, Philharmonic Auditorium

5th and Olive in downtown Los Angeles

Photo: Olive and 5th via Google’s Street View. Notice the vacant lot where Philharmonic Auditorium used to be. Demolition is forever.


This truly awesome 1911 Christmas card, showing Philharmonic Auditorium and part of what is now Pershing Square, has been listed on EBay. I’ve never seen anything like this. Very cool. Bidding starts at $4.99.

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6 Responses to L.A. Christmas Card, 1911

  1. Far less demolition in San Francisco… if you don’t count 1906.

  2. Mary Mallory says:

    Beautiful and unique card. Why have we torn down so much, while the East Coast has preserved so much more?

    • lmharnisch says:

      @Mary: Part of it is developers and part of it is “seismic Darwinism.” Buildings were damaged by earthquakes or torn down to avoid the cost of seismic retrofitting.

  3. CatM says:

    I always think of this lot as Hazard’s Pavilion. I keep forgetting about the Philharmonic.

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