Farewell to Old Los Angeles

Oct. 22, 1933, Farewell to Old Los Angeles
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The old Plaza area as drawn by Times artist Charles Owens. Along with the demolition to make way for Union Station, historic buildings between the Plaza and Union Station were torn down in February 1951.


Oct. 22, 1933: I came across this article while looking for something else and thought I would post it, followed by the Feb. 7, 1951, article on the demolition of the Lugo Adobe and 18 other buildings between the Plaza and Union Station.

Stanley Gordon takes a look at the area that will soon be leveled to make way for Union Station — and on an interesting side note, he refers to “a great union depot, and possibly a central airway terminal.”

He notes that the brick home of Mathew Keller, 726 Alameda, who once kept a vineyard and orchard, “will either be destroyed or moved away to make room for the concourse in front of the depot.

At Macy and Alameda, Gordon says, was the home of Benjamin D. Wilson, for whom Mt. Wilson was named.

Also at risk, Gordon says, are the Lugo Adobe, which was demolished in February 1951, along with 18 other buildings between the Plaza and Union Station.

Read on, but notice the references to “heathen Indians”  and Chinese opium dens.

Oct. 22, 1933, Farewell to Old Los Angeles.
Oct. 22, 1933, Farewell to Old Los Angeles

Oct. 22, 1933, Farewell to Old Los Angeles

Oct. 22, 1933, Farewell to Old Los Angeles

Oct. 22, 1933, Farewell to Ols Los Angeles

Feb. 7, 1951, Lugo Adobe

Feb. 7, 1951, Lugo Adobe Demolished

Feb. 7, 1951, Lugo Adobe Destroyed

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About lmharnisch

I work at the Los Angeles Times
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One Response to Farewell to Old Los Angeles

  1. Benito says:

    And so L.A. lost its chance to have an opium den located conveniently next to Union Station and Olvera Street. No more margarita-and-opium happy hours!

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