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Pershing Square
Alternative Title
Works Progress Administration Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1930
Publication Information
Federal Writers' Project.; Schultze & Weaver
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Mayor Cristobal Aguilar signed Pershing Square into being in 1866. At the time, Pershing Square was called La Plaza Abaja ("The Lower Plaza"). However, it was renamed Pershing Square in 1918 in honor of General John J. Pershing. It is bounded by 5th, 6th, Hill and Olive streets. The Biltmore Hotel, now named Millennium Biltmore, was designed in 1923 by architects Schultze & Weaver. It has 1,500 rooms and is 14 stories high. It is located at 506 South Grand Avenue.
The fountain at Pershing Square with the Biltmore Hotel, then the largest hotel in the west, in the background.
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
Works Progress Administration Collection
WPA B-4064 4x5
Millennium Biltmore Hotel (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Fountains--California--Los Angeles
Hotels--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Pedestrians--California--Los Angeles
Parks--California--Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Pershing Square (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Works Progress Administration Collection photographs

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