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LAPL Central Library construction site, view 22
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Los Angeles Public Library Institutional Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The California State Normal School was a teaching college that was founded on May 2, 1862 in San Jose. In March 1881, after heavy lobbying by Los Angeles residents, the California State Legislature authorized the creation of a southern branch of the school to be built in downtown Los Angeles, which would train teachers for the growing population of Southern California. On August 29, 1882, the State Normal School at Los Angeles opened its doors, and in 1919 it became part of the "UC system" and was absorbed into UCLA, moving to a larger campus on Vermont Ave., in Hollywood (the present site of L.A. City College). The L.A. Public Library would take the old Normal School site, which was located on 5th Street between Grand and Flower streets. Designed by architects Bertram G. Goodhue and Carlton M. Winslow, it would eventually be constructed between 1922-1926.
View 22: This is the site of the former Los Angeles State Normal School, and future site of Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library; view is looking west. The area has been dug out for the foundation, and work is well under way as several construction vehicles make their way in and out of the site. The dark building in the background is the Biltmore Hotel. Photograph dated: April 29, 1924.
1 photographic print :b&w ;18 x 25 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Los Angeles Public Library Institutional Collection
LAPL_IPC_b002_f1; A-002-093.22 4x5
Millennium Biltmore Hotel (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Public Library
Central business districts--California--Los Angeles
Excavating machinery--California--Los Angeles
Construction workers--California--Los Angeles
Building sites--California--Los Angeles
Hotels--California--Los Angeles

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