Hill Street Tunnel, Single Bore

As you know, in 1906 the Los Angeles-Pacfic Railway petitioned the City to construct two single-bore tunnels; one ran up Hill from roughly First to Temple, the other from just above Temple to Sunset. They opened in September, 1909.  September 1913 saw the opening of a second bore on the southern part of the tunnel,Continue reading “Hill Street Tunnel, Single Bore”

We Need to Talk About Cooper Do-Nuts

This being Pride Month, there has been an uptick in journalistic chatter about the Cooper Do-Nut Riot (e.g., here/here/here). The story, in a nutshell: Cooper’s was a little doughnut spot nestled between two venerable gay bars, the Waldorf and Harold’s Café (at 527 and 555 South Main, respectively). Cooper’s was LGBTQ+ friendly, populated by queensContinue reading “We Need to Talk About Cooper Do-Nuts”

This Sunday—The Richfield

It’s not Bunker Hill, but it’s Bunker Hill adjacent. And I offer a 110% money-back guarantee* if you are not overwhelmingly thrilled and/or irritated at both the number of my slides and randomness of my asides. In short, the best time you will ever have. Click HERE for all pertinent info! *Guarantees will not beContinue reading “This Sunday—The Richfield”

Zoom Presentation, Thursday!

If on your Thursday evenings you enjoy lengthy discourses replete with pretty pictures and ugly invective, you could do worse than to join me for the evening’s Powerpoint. It’s fun! It’s free! Click here! This is being presented by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society—who deserve your attention. Be it known, I love the AndrésContinue reading “Zoom Presentation, Thursday!”

And Then, Came the Podcast

When it comes to podcasts about Old LA—and I suppose there may exist podcasts about other subjects, but very much doubt it—one stands out, and above the others, and that one is The Hidden History of Los Angeles, all of whose episodes you should listen to in toto, but might I suggest, you listen toContinue reading “And Then, Came the Podcast”

A Survivor!

When discussing Bunker Hill, it is common currency to assert there were no survivors. Shades of the SS Yongala. KLM 4805. The Benwood Mine. And you’d be right to assert so. Granted, should we consider the Hill’s boundaries Hill/Fifth/Figueroa/Sunset then yes, remarkable vintage structures do exist therewithin (e.g. Subway Terminal, the Edison Bldg, and CurlettContinue reading “A Survivor!”