A rooftop view of downtown Los Angeles, circa 1913. That’s Pershing Square in the middle.
Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

A rooftop view of downtown Los Angeles, circa 1913. That’s Pershing Square in the middle.

Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Today it’s home to the futuristic Westin Bonaventure Hotel, but here’s how the northwest corner of Flower and Fifth streets looked in 1927.
Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Today it’s home to the futuristic Westin Bonaventure Hotel, but here’s how the northwest corner of Flower and Fifth streets looked in 1927.

Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

1951 plans for a convention center and civic auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Voters later rejected the municipal bonds required to build the $35 million complex, killing the proposal.
Courtesy of the USC Libraries - Los Angeles Examiner Collection.

1951 plans for a convention center and civic auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Voters later rejected the municipal bonds required to build the $35 million complex, killing the proposal.

Courtesy of the USC Libraries - Los Angeles Examiner Collection.

Northeast corner of Fifth and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles, ca. 1905. 
Part of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Northeast corner of Fifth and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles, ca. 1905. 

Part of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Circa 1910 view of Fifth Street in downtown Los Angeles, looking east from Olive Street. The edge of Central Park, since renamed Pershing Square, is visible on the right.
Part of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Circa 1910 view of Fifth Street in downtown Los Angeles, looking east from Olive Street. The edge of Central Park, since renamed Pershing Square, is visible on the right.

Part of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.