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BUNKER HILL – LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – 1963

Bunker HillIt’s spring, 1963 – a time of major transition on Bunker Hill – a once fashionable Victorian-era neighborhood in Los Angeles.

With the erector-set like skeleton of what was to become the most spectacular mid-century building in the city, the Department of Water and Power, as a dramatic backdrop, a woman immortalizes an old Victorian house across the street before the bulldozer arrives. In the meantime her husband tunes up their 1959 Triumph TR3. What a happy couple! They are members of the Long Beach Camera Club on an outing taking pictures on Bunker Hill.

By 1963, Bunker Hill’s old 1880s and 90s homes and hotels had become boarding houses for the not-so-fortunate crowd. Downtown redevelopment agencies saw it as an one big “tear-down” and the prime place to build the “new utopian” downtown Los Angeles. In a period of twenty or so years city leaders managed to virtually erase the cities oldest and most unique neighborhood and replace it with a “TOMORROWLAND” of skyscrapers and elevated sidewalks.

GOD BLESS AMERICANA and DOWNTOWNIANA