Miracle Mile in Los Angeles: History and Architecture

Miracle Mile in Los Angeles: History and Architecture

by Ruth Wallach


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The world-famous Miracle Mile in Los Angeles was shaped into a great commercial and cultural district by the city's tremendous urban expansion in the early twentieth century. Its origins along Wilshire Boulevard are directly related to the twin LA booms in auto travel and real estate ventures. Once the home of such famous stores as the May Company, Silverwood's, Coulter's and Desmond's, as well as Streamline Moderne and Art Deco architecture, Miracle Mile has boasted the La Brea Tar Pits and Farmer's Market, Gilmore Field and CBS Television City, as well as Pan Pacific Park and Museum Row. Join author Ruth Wallach, head of the University of Southern California's Architecture and Fine Arts Library, for this tour through the most emblematic neighborhood of twentieth-century Los Angeles development.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609495930
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 921,051
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ruth Wallach is the head of the Architecture and Fine Arts Library at the University of Southern California. She is a coauthor of Los Angeles in World War II, The Historic Core of Los Angeles, Historic Hotels of Los Angeles and Hollywood, and A University and a Neighborhood: University of Southern California in Los Angeles, 1880-1984.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 5

Introduction 7

1 From Rancho Land to Real Estate Boom 13

2 The Urban Landscape of the Expanding City 30

3 Modern Architecture and Postwar Redevelopment 61

4 Walking the Mile 81

Selected Bibliography 127

About the Author 128

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