Downtown Los Angeles / Bunker Hill

MODERN ARCHITECTURE
  AND SKYSCRAPER

Angels Flight
Southern California Edison
Jonathan Club Garage
1960
Microwave Tower
Union Bank of California
Bunker Hill Apartments
Bunker Hill Tower
Carpenters
Health Department
1970
ARCO Plaza
World Trade Center
Bank of America
Westin Bonaventure Hotel
Credit Union Plaza
Promenade Plaza
CitiGroup
Figueroa Courtyard
1980
Angelus Plaza
Marriott Hotel
Mellon Bank
MOCA
Museum Tower Apartments
Figueroa Plaza
Promenade Towers
Wells Fargo
One California Plaza
YMCA
Grand Tower
Library Tower
1990
Gas Tower
Omni Hotel
Two California Plaza

LOCATION

2nd Street Tunnel
Bunker Hill Steps
Maguire Gardens
Wells Fargo Museum

PUBLIC ART

Airplane Parts
Arches
Communications
Double Ascension
Dusk Mural
Family Baroque
History of World Commerce
Neon Angel
Source Figure
Shoshone
Ulysses Sculpture
Uptown Rocker


HISTORY

Bunker Hill was developed by Prudent
Beaudry as exclusive residential area
for the upper-class.
In 1867 he bought 20 acres in a public
auction, brought water and streets to
the hill and sold the land to the lawyers,
entrepreneurs and merchants of the
main business district to build Victorian
mansions as their family homes.

Since 1901 a short funicular railway
Angels Flight connects the prominent
hill to the business district downtown.

In the 1920's wealthy residents began
leaving for Pasadena or Beverly Hills
and their houses were sub-divided
into more profitable hotels, rooming
houses and apartment buildings, so
the hill became a refuge for transients
and pensioners.

In the 1950's most homes were run-
down, deteriorating and overcrowded:
Crime, fires and unhealthy conditions
worsened, so the City began a slum
clearance project to develop a modern
and central business district.

March 31, 1959 the Bunker Hill urban
renewal project was approved by the
City Council and the CRA Community
Redevelopment Agency purchased the
properties.
Then the evolution into a modern district
with skyscrapers and luxury hotel began,
leading to a partial renaissance of old
downtown...








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