Skip to main content

Image / Pershing Square

Have a question about this item?

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

Pershing Square
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Rothschild, Otto
Date Created and/or Issued
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.
Former Mayor Cristobal Aguilar signed Pershing Square into being in 1866, at which time it was called La Plaza Abaja ("The Lower Plaza"). During the 1880s and '90s, it was known as 6th Street Park and Central Park, but was renamed Pershing Square in 1918 in honor of General John J. Pershing. The park was first renovated in 1911; in the 1950s a car garage was built beneath it; and in 1994, it was completely redesigned by architect Ricardo Legoretta and landscapist Laurie Olin and was rededicated on February 3, 1994. Pershing Square takes up the entire block and is bounded by 5th Street to the north, 6th Street to the south, Hill Street to the east, and Olive Street to the west.
Looking southwest, showing Pershing Square with the Biltmore Hotel in the background.
1 photographic print :b&w
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 226-Pershing Square
Millennium Biltmore Hotel (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Heron Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Parks--California--Los Angeles
Hotels--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Street-railroads--California--Los Angeles
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Electric railroads--Cars--California--Los Angeles
Commercial buildings--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Pedestrians--California--Los Angeles
Buses--California--Los Angeles
Palms--California--Los Angeles
Lawns--California--Los Angeles
Trees--California--Los Angeles
Pershing Square (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Fifth Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Olive Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hill Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Sixth Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Cityscape photographs
Time Period

About the collections in Calisphere

Learn more about the collections in Calisphere. View our statement on digital primary resources.

Copyright, permissions, and use

If you're wondering about permissions and what you can do with this item, a good starting point is the "rights information" on this page. See our terms of use for more tips.

Share your story

Has Calisphere helped you advance your research, complete a project, or find something meaningful? We'd love to hear about it; please send us a message.

Explore related content on Calisphere: