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Los Angeles County Historical and Art Museum and its grounds
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Exposition Park, originally named Agricultural Park, was developed in 1876 as a showground for agricultural and horticultural fairs. The property became state land in 1880, but during the 1890s it fell into private hands and became victim to deterioration. Late in the decade, USC law professor William M. Bowen and USC President George Finley Bovard garnered the commitments of city, state, and county to develop the land as a public educational, cultural and recreational center. On November 6, 1913 the Museum of History, Science, and Art was formally dedicated and opened in Exposition Park. Additional wings of the museum opened in 1925, 1930, 1960, and 1976. In 1961, it was "divided" into the Los Angeles County Museum of History and Science, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (known as LACMA, and since moved to new quarters on Wilshire Blvd). Years later, the museum was again renamed, becoming the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. It is the largest museum in the western United States, with a collection of nearly 33 million specimens and artifacts covering 4.5 billion years of history. The Natural History Museum, located at 900 Exposition Boulevard between Vermont and Figueroa, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 - Building #75000434.
View of the eastern entrance of the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. The Beaux Arts/Romanesque style building features three large stone arches, a large center dome with two smaller ones on either side, terracotta-tiled roof, fancy ornamental moldings and patterns above the portico entry, and several types of bricks and many different brick patterns forming the walls of this three-story building. Above the stone arches the words "Los Angeles County Historical and Art Museum" are etched into the facade.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A-Museums-L.A. County Museum of Natural History.
Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art
Natural history museums--California--Los Angeles
Museum buildings--California--Los Angeles
Museums--California--Los Angeles
Gardens--California--Los Angeles
Domes--California--Los Angeles
Parks--California--Los Angeles
Exposition Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Slade, Milton.

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