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Charnock Block/Pershing Hotel and Roma Hotel
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Los Angeles County Building Survey Photo Collection;
Sanderson, James
Photographs taken for Historic American Buildings Survey or the Historic Landscapes Survey: documentation is on file
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Photographic print is included with negative.; Photographs taken as part of a building survey which includes a narrative report.
The Roma Hotel located at 508 South Main Street was constructed in 1904 by Fred L. and Frank M. Lee. The ground floor appears to have been used originally as retail and office space with lodging on the upper floors. The Charnock Block/Pershing Hotel is located at 500 South Main Street at the corner of South Main and East 5th Streets. The Charnock Block was constructed in two phases, first in 1889 with a long rectangular plan built on the lot that faces 5th Street and then in 1907 with an addition on the next lot to the south. In 1923, the Charnock Block became known as the Pershing Hotel and is a rare example of Late Victorian era commercial architecture and Second Empire style. In 1989, both the Roma and Charnock Block/Pershing Hotel underwent major renovation, replacing storefronts, remodeling the ground floors and reconfiguring the third floor to create common area space, joining the two buildings together. Both buildings have been identified as contributing buildings to the 5th - Main Street Commercial Historic District which was determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
Interior view of a hallway on the third floor of the Charnock Block/Pershing Hotel, looking south.
1 negative :safety ;13 x 10 cm.
Photographic safety negatives
Los Angeles County Building Survey Collection;
Charnock Block (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Pershing Hotel (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Commercial buildings--California--Los Angeles
Hotels--California--Los Angeles
Architecture--California--Los Angeles--French influences
Architecture, Victorian--California--Los Angeles
Decoration and ornament--Second Empire style
Interiors--California--Los Angeles
Doors--California--Los Angeles
Skylights--California--Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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