Downtown Los Angeles, 1950: ‘The Underworld Story’

'Underworld Story'

“The Underworld Story,” last week’s mystery movie, had quite a few interesting shots of downtown Los Angeles from about 1950.

Here’s one from the opening titles. It shows the Fashion League Building, which was at Hill and 2nd streets. Notice the overhead wires and tracks for the streetcars.

Hill Street and 2nd Street
A similar view, looking south on Hill Street, via Google Earth.

L.A. Times, 1948

 

In 1948, the Los Angeles Times published a map showing the Fashion League Building as the site of proposed state buildings.

'Underworld Story'
Here’s a satellite view for comparison.

L.A. Times, 1956

Demolition of the Fashion League Building as shown in the Los Angeles Times, December 1956.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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4 Responses to Downtown Los Angeles, 1950: ‘The Underworld Story’

  1. Sylvia E. says:

    Enjoyed seeing the photos and maps. Thanks. I remember the wires and tracks from my childhood – a very bumpy ride.

    Did you ever hear from anyone about what that “ticker tape” thing-y might be in the background in the “Underworld Story” L.A. Times lobby shot?

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