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.

Highland Park, circa 1894-96. The tracks of the Santa Fe Railway — now the Metro Gold Line right-of-way — curve away from the viewer toward the northeast. In the center of the photo, a streetcar travels down Pasadena Avenue, since renamed Figueroa Street.
Part of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Highland Park, circa 1894-96. The tracks of the Santa Fe Railway — now the Metro Gold Line right-of-way — curve away from the viewer toward the northeast. In the center of the photo, a streetcar travels down Pasadena Avenue, since renamed Figueroa Street.

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

In a few years, the northwest corner of Figueroa and 7th streets will likely host the West Coast’s tallest building. In 1919, it was home to this two-story Victorian house.
Part of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

In a few years, the northwest corner of Figueroa and 7th streets will likely host the West Coast’s tallest building. In 1919, it was home to this two-story Victorian house.

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

Intersection of Figueroa and Adams, looking north circa 1924. In the center of the intersection is an “American Bobby,” an experimental traffic control device installed by the Auto Club of Southern California.
Part of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library

Intersection of Figueroa and Adams, looking north circa 1924. In the center of the intersection is an “American Bobby,” an experimental traffic control device installed by the Auto Club of Southern California.

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

1915 view of Figueroa Street (then named Pasadena Avenue) in Highland Park.
Part of the Title Insurance and Trust / C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

1915 view of Figueroa Street (then named Pasadena Avenue) in Highland Park.

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