A vanished city lives again...

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Melrose

One of my favorite Bunker Hill landmarks was the old Hotel Melrose (1882-1957).

130 South Grand Avenue, ?1946.


Courtesy USC Digital Library-California Historical Society.


The Melrose and its next-door neighbor, the Hotel Richelieu.


Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection.


The original and the "new" Melrose (at left).


Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection.


120 South Grand:


Courtesy USC Digital Library-Los Angeles Examiner.


1957. Note proximity to other downtown landmarks:


Courtesy USC Digital Library-Los Angeles Examiner.


Many more photos below! View of Los Angeles from the Hotel Melrose, circa 1914:

Looking east:


Courtesy USC Digital Library-California Historical Society.


Courtesy USC Digital Library-California Historical Society.


Toward the southeast (c.1904):


Courtesy USC Digital Library-California Historical Society.


If you could stand on the front porch of the Melrose today, and look across the street, this is what you'd see. (You probably recognize the location better now.)


Link to Google Maps Street View.


Check-out time, 1957.


Courtesy USC Digital Library-Los Angeles Examiner.


Courtesy USC Digital Library-Los Angeles Examiner.


Courtesy USC Digital Library-Los Angeles Examiner.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pics, as this is a story that needs to be told, as I cannoty blame those pensioners who resided there for wanting to stay, hope it can be recreated!

Venice Beach Canal Gal said...

I miss the old beautiful buildings thru out Los Angeles. They were and are a treasure.

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