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Pershing Square construction

Pershing Square construction

July 24, 1951: Construction of the Pershing Square underground parking garage was about 20% complete when staff photographer Paul Calvert took this photo from the roof of the Park Central Building. This photo was published in the July 25, 1951 edition of the Los Angeles Times. The first part of the parking structure opened May 1, 1952. The special introductory parking price was 25 cents an hour.

The extended July 25, 1951 Los Angeles Times caption reported:

There are no sidewalks around Pershing Square and no sidewalk superintendents to watch one of the city’s most ambitious construction projects. But office buildings and hotels surrounding the $5,000,000 Pershing Square Underground Garage construction offer unique vantage points.

A Times photographer made this unusual picture from the roof of the Park Central Building, 412 W 6th St. It reveals that 20% of construction already has been completed. Form work on lower left is for the subfloor, the highest level. Already completed in that section are two lower floors, made of reinforced concrete. Lower right, form work indicates workmen are ready to complete the second sublevel.

Open framing, right center, shows forms under construction for the second sub level. Upper portion reveals grading operations in preparation for pouring of the third sub level. Access to the excavation, which averages 35 feet for the entire block, is by means of an earth ramp leading from Hill St., at the right.

Some statistics: Construction began Feb. 1 and will be completed early in 1952; 35,000 yards of concrete and 2,500 tons of reinforcing steel will have been used; excavation and earth fills involve moving 325,000 cubic yards; garage will have a capacity of 2,000 cars parked at one time underground; these can be emptied in about 27 minutes by means of a system of unique ramps.

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