Skip to main content

Image / Pershing Square fountain and Biltmore Hotel

Have a question about this item?

Item Information. View source record on contributor's website.

Pershing Square fountain and Biltmore Hotel
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1928
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at for additional information.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Former 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. Architects Schultze & Weaver designed the Biltmore Hotel (now named Millennium Biltmore) in 1923. The 14-story E-shaped structure is of modified Italian Renaissance architecture and has 1,500 rooms. Millenium Biltmore is located at 506 South Grand Avenue.
View of the fountain in Pershing Square, then the center of Los Angeles, with the Biltmore Hotel, then the largest hotel in the west, in the background partially obscured by the numerous trees and shrubs. Olive Street runs along the western side of the park.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Parks-Pershing Square
Millennium Biltmore Hotel (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Fountains--California--Los Angeles
Pedestrians--California--Los Angeles
Hotels--California--Los Angeles
Trees--California--Los Angeles
Parks--California--Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Pershing Square (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultze & Weaver
Slade, Milton.

Explore related content on Calisphere: