Historic Core

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1841
History of Los Angeles’ first census shows a population of 141

History of Los Angeles’ first census shows a population of 141

1850
Los Angeles is incorporated as a municipality, and California becomes the 30th state in the union

Los Angeles is incorporated as a municipality, and California becomes the 30th state in the union

1876
Cathedral of St. Vibiana

Cathedral of St. Vibiana

Los Angeles’ first cathedral, Cathedral of St. Vibiana, opens at Main St and 2nd St after five years of construction. When built, the cathedral can comfortably hold one-tenth of the city’s residents. …

1881
The Los Angeles Times debuts as the Los Angeles Daily Times.

The Los Angeles Times debuts as the Los Angeles Daily Times.

1887
The first electric streetcars debut in the Historic Core.

The first electric streetcars debut in the Historic Core.

1893
The Bradbury Building

The Bradbury Building

The Bradbury Building opens its doors with a magical light-filled Victorian court that rises almost fifty feet with open cage elevators, marble stairs, and ornate iron railings designed by architects…

1897
The Van Nuys Building

The Van Nuys Building

The Van Nuys Building (now Barclay Hotel) opens at Main St & 4th St as one of the finest hotels in Los Angeles. It becomes the first hotel to provide telephone and electric service to every room.

1901

Los Angeles Town Square is established; it will later be renamed Pershing Square.

1901
Angel’s Flight

Angel’s Flight

Angels Flight, a 315 foot funicular linking the Historic Core to Bunker Hill, opens. Built by Colonel J.W. Eddy, lawyer, engineer and friend of President Abraham Lincoln, Angels Flight is said to be?

1903
The Banco Popular Building

The Banco Popular Building

The Banco Popular Building is opened by Hermann W. Hellman, a merchant and banker who emigrated to Los Angeles from Bavaria. The 8-story building is designed in the Beaux Arts style.

1904
The Huntington Building

The Huntington Building

The Huntington Building opens & serves as offices and depot for the Pacific Electric Railway line. At the time of completion it is the largest office building in Los Angeles.

1905
The Farmers and Merchants Bank Building opens.

The Farmers and Merchants Bank Building opens.

Designed in the Classical Revival style by Morgan and Walls, the Bank is the first incorporated bank in Los Angeles.

1906
The Hamburgers / May Company Department Store is erected.

The Hamburgers / May Company Department Store is erected.

The enormous Beaux Arts structure covers nearly half the block, and is for many years the largest department store on the Pacific Coast.

1906
Alexandria Hotel

Alexandria Hotel

Constructed at the then almost unheard of cost of $2 million, the Alexandria Hotel opens as LA’s most elegant hotel, featuring a beautiful banquet hall with a stained glass ceiling.

1911
The Palace

The Palace

The Palace opens as the third home of the Orpheum vaudeville circuit in Los Angeles. It is one of the oldest theatres in Los Angeles and the oldest remaining original Orpheum theatre in the U.S.

1914
The National Theatre

The National Theatre

The National Theatre opens on Main St. with 600 seats and is the largest Main St. theatre. It is renamed The Regent, and becomes one of two survivors of Main St.’s early entertainment heritage.

1914

The Rosslyn Hotel

The Rosslyn Hotel is built for the staggering sum of one million dollars (hence the signage, Million Dollar Hotel). The annex is constructed across the street nine years later.

1917
Rialto Theatre

Rialto Theatre

Quinn’s Rialto Theatre opens as one of the first theatres to have stadium style seating and features the longest neon marquee in the Broadway National Register Historic Theatre District.

1917
Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market opens in what was originally the Ville de Paris Department Store. The building, originally built with a Hill St annex, is designed by John Parkinson.

1921
Loew’s State Theatre

Loew’s State Theatre

Loew’s State Theatre, designed by Charles Weeks and William Day, opens offering both film and vaudeville. Judy Garland performs as part of the Gumm Sisters in 1929.