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LAPL Central Library construction site, Savoy Auto Park
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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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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.
Photograph shows excavated site of the former Los Angeles State Normal School, and future site of the Los Angeles Public Library. The area has been dug out and is currently being used as the Savoy Auto Park; view is looking south toward Hope Street. The large white building with arches in the background is the Bible Institute, later to become Church of the Open Door/Biola Institute, located at 555 S. Hope Street. Photograph dated: August 30, 1924.
1 photographic print :b&w ;15 x 25 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
A-002-693 4x5; L.A.-Libraries-LAPL-Central Library-Construction.
Bible Institute of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Public Library
Church of the Open Door (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Church buildings--California--Los Angeles
Building sites--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Parking lots--California--Los Angeles

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