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LAPL Central Library construction site, view 15
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Security Pacific National Bank 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 15: This is the site of the former Los Angeles State Normal School, and future site of Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library. The area has been dug out for the foundation, and work is well under way as construction vehicles make their way in and out of the site along the path on the right. A cluster of men, all wearing suits, can be seen standing on higher ground farther back, and large apartment buildings are visible in the background. Photograph dated: April 24, 1924.
1 photographic print :b&w ;18 x 25 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
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Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Libraries-LAPL-Central Library-Construction site.; A-002-093.15 4x5
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