Blogging (in) LA: Preserving what we lost in LA with On Bunker Hill

Hat tip to my friend Petrea Burchard over at Pasadena Daily Photo for turning me onto On Bunker Hill this morning via a tweet.

On Bunker Hill has blogs and historical archives of the history we lost when Downtown LA grew so explosively after World War II.  George Mann has quite the historical archive of images of some of the old homes that once stood on Bunker Hill taken in the 40’s and 50’s.  (They are for sale too if you are so inclined).  A little quoted from their blog to get you interested in checking out the site:

Bunker Hill is a ghost, and though you may today walk streets named Grand and Hope and imagine that you stand where once were grand Victorian homes turned flophouses, you are in fact one hundred feet beneath the old roads, which the city shaved away to make a wider footprint for the high rise tenants that replaced them.

Its always just a little interesting to see what we have lost in the name of progress.

5 Replies to “Blogging (in) LA: Preserving what we lost in LA with On Bunker Hill”

  1. What a great website! I was in high school, attending a Junior Statemen of America conference at the Biltmore in 1958, walked around and went to Angel’s Flight (a somewhat dodgy neighborhood for a 16 year old from a small gold rush area town) and had to ride it…so I saw as I walked around the area at the top some of the places in the photos–although I don’t remember any of them specifically.
    I don’t remember what Pershing Square looked like but Angel’s Flight topped everything else!

  2. I was knee high when some of these awe inspiring buildings were around…I lived on Flower St. where the DWP is. Thanks for the memories.

  3. Thanks for the kind words for our On Bunker Hill site. It’s been a labor of love. This is just one of several “1947project time travel blogs” of which the most active currently is In SRO Land (“lost lore of the historic core”). Check the links below for posts exploring the archives of the Union Rescue Mission, and an invitation to a free rooftop screening on 10/20 featuring a newly discovered c.1949 color film shot on Main Street.

    http://insroland.org/urmposts
    http://lavatransforms.org/scrapsteel

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