Broadway Theater and
Commercial District (NRHP)
Broadway Theater and
(City of Los Angeles)
|Location||300—849 S. Broadway|
Los Angeles, California
|Architectural style||Early Commercial, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Art Deco|
|NRHP reference No.||79000484 |
|Added to NRHP||May 9, 1979|
|Length||17.75 mi (28.57 km)|
|South end||Main Street near Gardena|
|Northeast end||Mission Road in Los Angeles|
Broadway, until 1890 Fort Street, is a thoroughfare in Los Angeles County, California, USA. The portion of Broadway from 3rd to 9th streets, in the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles, was the city's main commercial street from the 1910s until World War II, and is the location of the Broadway Theater and Commercial District, the first and largest historic theater district listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). With twelve movie palaces located along a six-block stretch of Broadway, it is the only large concentration of movie palaces left in the United States.
South Broadway's southern terminus is Main Street just north of the San Diego Freeway (I-405) in Carson. From there it runs 10 miles (16 km) north through Athens and South Los Angeles to Downtown Los Angeles – at Olympic Blvd. entering downtown's Historic Core, in which the buildings lining Broadway form the Broadway Theater and Commercial District. Crossing 3rd Street, Broadway passes through the Civic Center including Grand Park. After crossing the US-101 (Santa Ana Freeway), signs read "North Broadway" as it enters Chinatown. It then curves northeast, passing through old railyards, crosses the Golden State Fwy. (I-5) and heads due east to its terminus at Mission Road in Lincoln Heights.
Broadway, one of the oldest streets in the city, was laid out as part of the 1849 plan of Los Angeles made by Lieutenant Edward Ord and named Fort Street. Fort Street began at the south side of Fort Moore Hill (a block north of Temple Street) at Sand Street (later California Street).
In 1890, the name of Fort Street, from 1st Street to 10th Street, was changed to Broadway. The rest of Fort Street, from California Street to 1st Street, was changed to North Broadway.
Proposal for opening Broadway through to Buena Vista Street (now North Broadway), and extending the street south into what was then part of Main Street, below Tenth Street, in order to give a continuous, wide thoroughfare from the southern city limits to the Eastside, was made as early as February 1891.
The Broadway Tunnel under Fort Moore Hill was opened in 1901, extending North Broadway to Buena Vista Street at Bellevue Avenue (later Sunset Boulevard, now Cesar Chavez Avenue). A section of Broadway in South Los Angeles was originally named Moneta Avenue until 1923.
In 1909, construction on a bridge across the Los Angeles River was begun to connect Buena Vista Street to Downey Avenue, which ran from the river to Mission Road. The names of Buena Vista and Downey were then changed to North Broadway, but not without significant objections from affected residents and landowners. The bridge, which continued to be referred to as the Buena Vista Street Bridge for a good while, was opened to traffic in late September 1911.
See also: History of Retail in Southern California
For more than 50 years, Broadway from 1st Street to Olympic Boulevard was the main commercial street of Los Angeles, and one of its premier theater and movie palace districts as well. It contains a vast number of historic buildings and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Prior to the turn of the 20th century, the city's Central Business District was further north, along Spring and Main streets between the Plaza and 2nd Street. In 1895 J.W. Robinson's opened what was then considered a very large and impressive four-story department store at 239 S. Broadway, signaling of the shift over the next decade and a half of the main shopping district to Broadway below 2nd Street.
From around 1905 through the 1950s, Broadway was considered the center of the city, where residents went to ornate movie palaces and live theaters, and shopped at major department stores and shops. See the Table of department stores on Broadway and Seventh streets below.
The square footage of the four largest department stores alone — Bullock's at 806,000 sq ft (74,900 m2), The Broadway at 577,000 sq ft (53,600 m2), May Co. at over 1,000,000 sq ft (93,000 m2) and J. W. Robinson's (7th St. at Hope) at 623,700 sq ft (57,940 m2) — totaled over three million square feet, the size of American Dream Meadowlands, America's largest mall today.
Among dozens of significant buildings from that era are the Bradbury Building, Ace Hotel Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Examiner building designed by Julia Morgan.
Some of the movie theaters on the street fell into disuse and disrepair, some were replaced with parking lots, but many have been repurposed and/or restored. The department stores closed in the 1970s and 1980s, but Broadway has been the premier shopping destination for working class Latinos for decades.
NRHP refers to the district as the Broadway Theater and Commercial District, while the City of Los Angeles Planning Department refers to the Broadway Theater and Entertainment District.
Stretching for six blocks from Third to Ninth Streets, the district includes 12 movie theaters built between 1910 and 1931. By 1931, the district had the highest concentration of cinemas in the world, with seating capacity for more than 15,000 patrons. Broadway was the hub of L.A.'s entertainment scene – a place where "screen goddesses and guys in fedoras rubbed elbows with Army nurses and aircraft pioneers." In 2006, the Los Angeles Times wrote:
"There was a time, long ago, when the streets of downtown Los Angeles were awash in neon—thanks to a confluence of movie theaters the world had never seen before. Dozens of theaters screened Hollywood's latest fare, played host to star-studded premieres and were filled nightly with thousands of moviegoers. In those days, before World War II, downtown L.A. was the movie capital of the world."
Columnist Jack Smith called it "the only large concentration of vintage movie theaters left in America." Smith recalled growing up a mile from Broadway and spending his Saturdays in the theaters:
"I remember walking into those opulent interiors, surrounded by the glory of the Renaissance, or the age of Baroque, and spending two or three hours in the dream world of the movies. When I came out again the sky blazed; the heat bounced off the sidewalk, traffic sounds filled the street, I was back in the hard reality of the Depression.
Because Broadway has been used as a filming location for decades, many of these theatre marquees can be seen in classic Hollywood films, including Safety Last! (1923), D.O.A. (1950), The Omega Man (1971), Blade Runner (1982), and The Artist (2011).
In the years after World War II, the district began to decline, as first-run movie-goers shifted to the movie palaces in Hollywood, in Westwood Village, and later to suburban multiplexes. After World War II, as Anglo moviegoers moved to the suburbs, many of the Broadway movie palaces became venues for Spanish-language movies and variety shows. In 1988, the Los Angeles Times noted that, without the Hispanic community, "Broadway would be dead." Jack Smith wrote that Broadway had been "rescued and revitalized" by "the Latino renaissance."
The district has been the subject of preservation and restoration efforts since the 1980s. In 1987, the Los Angeles Conservancy started a program called "Last Remaining Seats" in which the old movie palaces were opened each summer to show classic Hollywood movies. In 1994, the Conservancy's associate director, Gregg Davidson, noted: "When we started this, the naysayers said no one will go downtown to an old theater to see an old movie in the middle of the summer, but we get a number of people who have never seen a movie in a theater with a balcony. The older people (go) for nostalgia. And the movie people—seeing a classic film on a big screen is a different experience." After attending a Conservancy screening, one writer noted: "The other night I went to the movies and was transported to a world of powdered wigs and hoop skirts, a rococo fantasy of gilded cherubs and crystal chandeliers. And then the film started."
Despite preservation efforts, many of the theaters have been converted to other uses, including flea markets and churches. The Broadway movie palaces fell victim to a number of circumstances, including changing demographics and tastes, a downtown location that was perceived as dangerous at night, and high maintenance costs for aging facilities. With the closure of the State Theater in 1998, the Orpheum and the Palace were the only two still screening films.
In 2006, the Los Angeles Times wrote: "Of all of L.A.'s many hidden gems, maybe none is as sparkling nor as hidden as the Broadway theater district downtown." Bemoaning the possible loss of such gems, the same writer noted: "L.A. gave birth to the movies. To lose the astonishing nurseries where the medium grew up would be tragic."
In 2008, the City of Los Angeles launched a $40-million campaign to revitalize the Broadway district, known as the "Bringing Back Broadway" campaign. Some Latino merchants in the district expressed concern that the campaign was an effort to spread the largely Anglo gentrification taking hold in other parts of downtown to an area that has become the city's leading Latino shopping district. A worker at one of the district's bridal shops noted, "On one side, I like the idea. The only thing is that I don't think they want our types of businesses."
The Downtown's real estate revitalization, using the City's adaptive reuse ordinance that makes it easier for developers to convert outmoded and/or vacant office and commercial buildings into residential buildings, has reached the Broadway Historic District. It includes the transformation of the United Artists Theater office tower into the Ace Hotel Los Angeles, and restoration of its movie palace.
The Bringing Back Broadway commission is working on further reviving the landmark Los Angeles boulevard in the historic district. Led by City Councilman Jose Huizar, the commission has recommended widening sidewalks, eliminating traffic lanes, constructing new parking structures, and bringing back streetcar service reminiscent of the street's past. A pedestrian-friendly project finished up in December 2014 that widened the sidewalks and replaced the parking lane with planters, chairs and round cafe tables with bright-red umbrellas. The Great Streets Initiative seeks to bolster the street-level health of the city by making several dozen boulevards more hospitable to pedestrians, cyclists and small businesses. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the effort represents "a shift from the way that our neighborhoods have been planned in Los Angeles," with a new focus on "walkability and transit."
Broadway retail is transitioning from a broad mix of stores catering to Hispanic immigrants and a burgeoning sneaker and streetwear retail cluster has emerged from 4th to 9th streets: Sneaker Row.
Retail in and around the Eastern Columbia, located at the intersection of 9th Street & Broadway, has proliferated in recent years with the opening of Acne Studios, Oak NYC, Aesop, Tanner Goods, BNKR, Austere, A.P.C., and Urban Outfitters located in the Rialto Theater (Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 472).
All landmarks in geographic order, north to south:
This area south to Second Street is now the Civic Center, as well as the site of the Central Business District during the 1880s and 1890s)
Cable cars of the Temple Street Cable Railway ran along Temple Street starting in 1886 and were replaced with Pacific Electric streetcars in 1902.
This location was at the time known as Pound Cake Hill. The buildings located here faced New High Street to their east and Broadway to their west. They were as follows:
Currently on the site are:
The Poundcake Hill buildings originally backed up to Broadway to their west, and faced New High Street to their east. New High Street (see Sanborn map above) was a north-south street that ran parallel to Broadway, and to Spring Street to its east. As part of the construction of City Hall in the early 1920s, New High Street was removed south of Temple, and Spring Street was realigned more towards a north-south orientation, parallel with Broadway, instead of running more northeasterly and meeting Main Street at Temple Street. As a result the Poundcake Hill buildings faced the newly aligned Spring Street until they were demolished.
Adjacent to the south, mid-block, is a portion of Grand Park.
The southwest corner, during Victorian times the site of unremarkable retail and office buildings, was from 1958 the location of the State Office Building, (1958-60, architect Anson C. Boyd, razed 2006). It was named the Junipero Serra State Office Building, and this moniker would be transferred to the former Broadway Department Store building at 4th and Broadway when it was opened to replace this building in 1998. It is now the location of the New U. S. Courthouse built in 2016, taking up the entire block between Broadway, Hill, First and Second.
Just south of the southwest corner was the Mason Theatre, 127 S. Broadway. Opened in 1903 as the Mason Opera House, 1,600 seats. Benjamin Marshall of the Chicago firm Marshall & Wilson designed the building in association with John Parkinson. Marshall is known for designing the Iroquois Theatre in Chicago. Remodeled in 1924 by Meyer & Holler. Later, as the Mason Theatre, it showed Spanish-language films. Demolished 1955.
145 S. Broadway,site of the C. H. Frost Building, later known as the Haig M. Prince Building. Built 1898, architect John Parkinson, Now the location of the New Los Angeles US Courthouse built in 2016, taking up the entire block between Broadway, Hill, First and Second.
One of several “Hellman Buildings” across Downtown L.A. — not to be confused with the still-existing Hellman Building at Fourth and Spring — was located here (#138) from 1897 to 1959. The site is now a parking structure, part of the Times Mirror Square complex.
The west side of the 200 block of South Broadway had a key place in the retail history of Los Angeles from the 1893 through 1917, as it was home to several prominent early department stores such as the Ville de Paris, Coulter's department store from 1905–1917, and J. W. Robinson's "Boston Dry Goods" store from 1895–1915. All three stores would move to Seventh Street when it became the upscale shopping street between 1915 and 1917.
Further south on the west side of Broadway, was 207–211, location of the:
The YMCA Building was demolished to make way for the:
The adjacent Potomac Block and Bicknell Block originally housed prominent retailers of the day, then were joined together in 1906 by Coulter's department store to form a complex, opening it as a new, 157,000 sq ft (14,600 m2) store in June, 1905.
The Potomac Block, 213–223 S. Broadway, was from 1905–1917 known as the B. F. Coulter Building. It was originally developed by lumberyard and mill owner J. M. Griffith. It was designed in 1888 by Block, Curlett and Eisen in Romanesque architectural style and opened on July 17, 1890.
It was the first time major retail stores opened on South Broadway, in what would be a shift of the upmarket shopping district from 1890 to 1905 from around First and Spring to South Broadway. In 1904, Coulter's bought the Potomac Block, and combined it with the Bicknell block to create its new store that opened in 1905.
After Coulter's moved:
The building was demolished in 1953 and is still the site of a parking lot.
The Bicknell Block (or Bicknell Building) at 225–229 S. Broadway, with back entrances at 224–228 S. Hill Street. was part of Coulter's from 1905 from 1917. After Coulter's moved in 1917, it housed the Western Shoe Co. (through 1922), later known as the Western Department Store (1922-1928). Lettering covered the face of the building from top to bottom through the end of the 1950s: "THE LARGEST SHOE DEPT. IN THE WEST".
The southeast corner of 2nd and Broadway was the site of
The corner is home to one of the oldest buildings outside the Plaza area, the 1895 Irvine Byrne Block or Byrne Block; now called the Pan American Lofts. The architect was Sumner Hunt. It was built in a hybrid Spanish Colonial Revival/Beaux-Arts style.
The building was home to the renowned I. Magnin clothing store that opened here on January 2, 1899; on June 19, 1904, I. Magnin announced that the Los Angeles store would henceforth be known as Myer Siegel. After a fire at the Irvine Byrne Building destroyed its store on February 16, 1911, Myer Siegel moved further south on Broadway.
It was modernized and converted to lofts in 2007 and given its present name. The halls and staircase have appeared in many of Alfred Hitchcock's movies, Brad Pitt's "Se7en", "Fight Club","Blade Runner", and other tv shows and commercials.
From Third Street south to Olympic Blvd. (originally Tenth St.), and from Hill Street east to Los Angeles Street, including Broadway, is the Historic Core district, the city's main commercial and entertainment area in the first half of the 20th century.
On this corner:
South of the intersection of Third and Broadway, sites of interest include:
Next to what is now the Jevne building on the south at 609–619 S. Broadway were several buildings in succession:
Globe Theatre (1913, 1,900 seats) – Legitimate theater – Located at 744 S. Broadway, the Globe opened in 1913 as the Morosco Theatre, with a seating capacity of 782. Built for impresario Oliver Morosco and designed by the architectural firm of Morgan, Walls & Morgan, it was used for full-scale live dramatic theater. It was converted into a movie theater during the Great Depression and later served as a Spanish-language movie theater. The building was converted into a swap meet in 1987. As of June 2014[update], construction to restore it to use as an entertainment venue is ongoing. The restored marquee was relit June 24, 2014. The Globe is now a multipurpose space for music, theatrical events and films. Current capacity: 2,000.
Landmarks are shown on the following street grid of the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles.
|Irvine Byrne Block/
now Pan American Lofts (1895)
|Douglas Bldg. (1899)|| S
|Stimson Bldg. (1893–1963)|| M
|THIRD ST.||THIRD ST.||THIRD ST.||THIRD ST.||THIRD ST.|
|—Million Dollar Theatre||—Bradbury Bldg. (1893)
—Blackstone's DS (1907–1917)
|Ronald Reagan State Bldg. (1990)||Toy District|
|Angels Flight||Homer Laughlin Building (1898):
Now Grand Central Market.
formerly Coulter's, Ville de Paris
|Broadway Spring Center parking structure (1990)||Round House|
|Jacoby Bros. DS* (#331–5; 1900–1935)
—Grant Bldg. (1898)
|Trustee Building (#340, 1905 PB)
—O. T. Johnson Block (#350, 1895 It RBY)
—O. T. Johnson Bldg. (#356, 1902 JB Rom)
|parking lot||Hellman Bldg. (1902)|
|FOURTH ST.||FOURTH ST.||FOURTH ST.||FOURTH ST.||FOURTH ST.|
|The Broadway DS/
Junípero Serra State Office Bldg. #2
|vacant||parking lot||Continental Bldg. (1902)||San Fernando Bldg. (1906 IRR)||Toy District|
Now "Metro 417"
—Boos Bros. Cafeteria
—St. Clarenden Hotel
|Judson C. Rive Bldg. (1907)||419 S. Spring
435 S. Spring
|Stowell/El Dorado Hotel/
El Dorado Lofts (1913)
|Title Guarantee Bldg. (1930)||Metropolitan Bldg. (1913)/Newberry's 5&10¢/Now Fallas Paredes DS and lofts||Chester Williams Bldg. (1926)||Crocker Bank/
Spring Arts Tower (1915)
|Title Insurance and Trust Company Building/
Trust Bldg. (1928)
|Rowan Bldg (1912)||King Edward Hotel (1906 P&B)|
|FIFTH ST.||FIFTH ST.||FIFTH ST.||FIFTH ST.||FIFTH ST.|
|Pershing Square||Pershing Square station (Metro Rail)||Fifth Street Store DS||Roxie Theatre
|Hotel Alexandria (1906)||Security Trust and Savings Bank/
Security Bldg. Lofts (1907)
|Hotel Rosslyn Annex||Pershing Hotel/
Pershing Apts. (1889)
|Baltimore Hotel (1910)|
|Spring Arcade||Los Angeles Theater Center (1916)||Parking Structure (#545)||Topaz Apts.|
International Jewelry Center
|Swelldom DS||Silverwoods DS/
Broadway Jewelry Mart
|Pacific Southwest Bank (1910)||Santa Fe Bldg. (1906)|
|SIXTH ST.||SIXTH ST.||SIXTH ST.||SIXTH ST.||SIXTH ST.|
|—Consolidated Reatly Bldg./
California Jewelry Mart (1908/1935)
—Sun Realty Bldg./
Los Angeles Jewelry Center (1931)
—Harris & Frank Bldg./
Wholesale Jewelry Exchange (1925)
|—Western Jewelry Mart
—William Fox Bldg.
(Fox Jewelry Plaza) (1932)
|Los Angeles Theatre||—Mullen & Bluett DS/ Walter P. Story Bldg.
—J. E. Carr Bldg.
—Harris & Frank 1947-1980
E. F. Hutton (1931)
California Canadian Bank (1923)
Barclays Bank (1919)
|United California Bank
Mortgage Guaranty Building (1913)
Banks & Huntley Bldg. (1930)
|Pacific Electric Building|
|Warner Bros. (a.k.a. Pantages, Warren) Theatre (1920)
St. Vincent Jewelry Center
|Bank of Italy/
Bank of America/
SB Lofts (1924)
|Bartlett Bldg. (1911)|
|SEVENTH ST.||SEVENTH ST.||SEVENTH ST.||SEVENTH ST.||SEVENTH ST.|
|Foreman & Clark DS/
Foreman & Clark Bldg. (1928, Curlett & Beelman, Art Deco and Neo-Gothic)
|State Theatre||—Hotel Lankershim
|Garfield Bldg. (1930)||Union Bank & Trust Company Bldg.
Union Lofts (1922)
|Griffin on Spring Apts. (2018)||Great Republic Lofts (1923)|
|EIGHTH ST.||EIGHTH ST.||EIGHTH ST.||EIGHTH ST.||EIGHTH ST.|
825 South Hill (res.)
|Hamburger's DS (1908-1923)/
May Company DS (1923-1986)/
May Company Building
|Tower Theatre (1927 BR)
Rialto Theatre (1917 AD/CR)
Orpheum Theatre (1926 BA)
|Lane Mortgage Bldg. (1923)||National City Tower (1924)||
—California Theatre (1918–1990 BA)
|Gray Bldg. (#824)|
|Coast Fed. Savings Bldg. (1926)||Parking lot
Alexan tower (planned)
|City Club Bldg. (1925)||Harris Newmark Bldg. (1926 RR C&B)||Cooper Bldg. (1926 C&B)|
|NINTH ST.||NINTH ST.||NINTH ST.||NINTH ST.|
|small retail||May Co. Garage Bldg.(1926)||United Artists Theatre/
|Gerry Building (1947 SM)|
|South Park by Windsor Apts.||Broadway Palace Apts. (2017)|
|OLYMPIC BL.||(formerly TENTH ST.)||OLYMPIC BL.||(formerly TENTH ST.)|
|Broadway Palace Apts. (2017)|
|Western Pacific Bldg. (1925)|
|White Log Coffee Shop||Los Angeles Railway HQ/
Hoxton Hotel (1925)
|ELEVENTH ST.||ELEVENTH ST.||ELEVENTH ST.||ELEVENTH ST.|
|Proposed 43-story Sky Trees res. tower||Herald-Examiner Bldg. (1914)||Commercial Club/
Proper Hotel (1926)
|Harris Building (1923 BA)|
|Opened||Left||Moved or closed?||Store||Floor area (gross)||Location||Architects||Current use|
|SPRING ST. BETWEEN TEMPLE AND SECOND|
|1884||1898||Moved to B'way||Coulter's||Hollenbeck Block, SW corner 2nd & Spring||Historic Broadway station|
|1888||1908||Moved to 8th/B'way||Hamburger's||Phillips Block, Franklin & Spring||Burgess J. Reeve||Site of City Hall|
|1889||1910||Moved to B'way||Mullen & Bluett||101–5 N. Spring||Empty lot|
|1891||1900||Moved to 3rd/B'way||Jacoby Bros.||128–134(–138) N. Spring at Court||Site of City Hall|
|1895||?||The Hub||Bullard Block, Spring at Court||Morgan & Walls||Site of City Hall|
|BROADWAY north of 4th St.|
|1893||1898||Moved to 317 B’way||Ville de Paris
(A. Fusenot Co.)
|Potomac Block, 221-3 S. Broadway||Block, Curlett & Eisen||added to Coulter's late 1907, demolished 1958, now a parking lot|
|1895||1915||Moved to 7th St.||Boston Dry Goods
(J.W. Robinson Co.)
|237–241 S. Broadway||Theodore Eisen and Sumner Hunt
(architects of the Bradbury Building)
|1898||1905||Moved to 200 block of B'way||Coulter's (1898–1905)||317–325 S. Broadway through to 314–322 Hill Street
Homer Laughlin Building
|John B. Parkinson||became Ville de Paris|
Now Grand Central Market
|1899||1935-6||Moved to 605 B'way||Jacoby Bros.||60,000 sq ft (5,600 m2)||331-333-335 S. Broadway||John B. Parkinson||Was "Boston Store" in late 1930s. Currently independent retail. 2 of 4 floors were removed.|
|1899||?||Moved to 455 B'way then 617 B'way||I. Magnin/
|Irvine Byrne Block,
251 S. Broadway
|Sumner Hunt||Wedding chapel|
|1905||1917||Moved to 7th St.||Coulter's||157,000 sq ft (14,600 m2)||Potomac Block: 225-7-9 S. Broadway through to 224-6-8 S. Hill St. Late 1907 added 219-221-223 S. Broadway to store.||Block, Curlett & Eisen||demolished, site of parking lot|
|1905||1917||Moved to 7th St.||Ville de Paris||96,000 sq ft (8,900 m2)||317–325 S. Broadway through to 314–322 Hill Street
Homer Laughlin Building
|John B. Parkinson||Grand Central Market|
|1905||1917||Moved to 7th St.||J. J. Haggarty Co. “New York Store’||337–9 S. Broadway||Independent retail. Only 2 stories remain.|
|1909||?||?||J. M. Hale (Hale’s)||341-343-345 S. Broadway||retail, top floors were removed|
|BROADWAY south of 4th St.|
|1896||1973||Moved to B'way Plaza||The Broadway Dept. Store||1924, 577,000 sq ft (53,600 m2)||SW corner 4th & Broadway, later through to Hill||Junipero Serra State Office Building|
|1904||?||?||Silverwoods||1920: 115,420 sq ft (10,723 m2)||556 S. Broadway (NE corner of 6th)||Broadway Jewelry Mart|
|1905||?||Closed||Fifth Street Store
(Steele, Faris, & Walker Co.)
Later called Walker's
|1917: 278,640 sq ft (25,887 m2)||SW corner 5th & Broadway||Replaced existing store with new building in 1917|
Building later housed Ohrbach's
|1906||1986||Moved to FIGat7th||Hamburger's
After 1925: May Company
|1906: 482,475 sq ft (44,823.4 m2)
1930, >1,000,000 sq ft (93,000 m2)
|SW corner 8th & Broadway
by 1930, entire block 8th/9th/Broadway/Hill
|Under renovation to become tech campus|
|1907||1983||Closed, opened 1986 at FIGat7th||Bullock's||1907: 350,000 sq ft (33,000 m2)
1934: 806,000 sq ft (74,900 m2)
|NW corner 7th & Broadway
by 1934, most of the block 6th/7th/Broadway/Hill
|Parkinson & Bergstrom||St. Vincents Jewelry Mart|
|1907||1908||Central Department Store||85,000 sq ft (7,900 m2), ||609–619 S. Broadway||Samuel Tilden Norton||Demolished, now site of Los Angeles Theatre|
|1910||1960s||Mullen & Bluett||610 S. Broadway
(Walter P. Story Bldg.)
|Morgan, Walls & Clements||Mixed-use|
|1917||Blackstone's||118,800 sq ft (11,040 m2)||901 S. Broadway (SE corner 9th)||John Parkinson||Building became The Famous,|
now residential, retail
|1924||1972||Abandoned Downtown L.A.||Desmond's||85,000 sq ft (7,900 m2)||616 S. Broadway||A. C. Martin||Renovated 2019 as office space, a restaurant and a rooftop bar.|
|1930||1957||Eastern Columbia||1930: 275,650 sq ft (25,609 m2) (expanded through to Hill St. in 1950)||849 S. Broadway through to Hill||Claud Beelman||luxury condos|
|1936||1938||Company liquidated||Jacoby Bros.||605 S. Broadway||became a branch of Zukor's (1940), now mixed-use|
|1947||1980||Abandoned Downtown L.A.||Harris & Frank 2nd downtown location||644 S. Broadway
(Joseph E. Carr Bldg.)
|Robert Brown Young|
|1915||1993||Abandoned Downtown L.A.||J. W. Robinson's||1915: 400,000 sq ft (37,000 m2)
1923: 623,700 sq ft (57,940 m2)
|7th, Hope & Grand||Noonan & Richards (1915), Edgar Mayberry/Allison & Allison (1934 remodel)||Mixed-use|
|1917||1933||B. H. Dyas liquidated||Ville de Paris, from 1919 B. H. Dyas||420 W. 7th (SE corner Olive)||Dodd and Richards||L.A. Jewelry Mart|
|1917||1938||Moved to Miracle Mile||Coulter's||500 W. 7th (SW corner Olive)||Dodd and Richards||Mixed-use|
|1917||1963||Abandoned Downtown L.A.||Haggarty's||Brockman Building,
7th & Grand
|George D. Barnett
(of Barnett, Haynes & Barnett)
|1926||1984||Barker Bros.||Abandoned Downtown L.A.||23 acres (1,000,000 sq ft; 93,000 m2)||818 W. 7th (Flower to Figueroa)||Curlett and Beelman||Offices|
|1973||open*||The Broadway||250,000 sq ft (23,000 m2)||Broadway Plaza 750 W. 7th (Hope to Flower)||Charles Luckman||Macy's|
|1986||1996||Became duplicate Macy's, closed||Bullock's||Seventh Market Place now FIGat7th||Jon Jerde||Gold's Gym (level M1), Target (M2), Zara (M3)|
|1986||2009a||Became duplicate Macy's, closed||May Company||Nordstrom Rack (level M1), Target (M2), H&M (M3)|
LA Metro's Historic Broadway station is an under-construction underground light rail station near the intersection of 2nd and Broadway, part of the new Regional Connector tunnel extending light rail lines that currently terminate at 7th Street/Metro Center station, to Union Station. In the new scheme that LA Metro will adopt when the Connector opens, trains will run from Historic Broadway Station on the E Line east to East Los Angeles and west to Santa Monica, and on the A Line northeast to Union Station, Pasadena, and Azusa and south to Long Beach.
Metro J Line bus rapid transit (BRT) has 5 stations adjacent to Broadway in South Los Angeles: 37th Street/USC, Slauson, Manchester/I-110, Harbor Freeway, and Rosecrans. These stations are along the Harbor Transitway, a dedicated busway between Downtown L.A. (Adams Blvd.) and the Harbor Gateway, near Carson, in the median of the Harbor Freeway (I-110), just west of Broadway. J Line BRT runs as far south as San Pedro and as far northeast as El Monte.
Metro Local bus line 45 serves most of the length of Broadway, between Lincoln Heights through Downtown to the Harbor Freeway Station. Local routes 4, 30, and 40 serve portions of Broadway downtown.
Architect John Parkinson
Architect John Parkinson
Eight stories…plus basement and sub-basement…172 feet on Broadway by 162 feet on Fifth
90 feet of frontage on Broadway and 165 feet on 9th Street…with 6 stories plus two basement levels
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