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Wilshire Blvd. and Western Ave. in 1929 [updated]

Wilshire Blvd. and Western Ave. in 1929 [updated]

Feb. 10, 1929: Traffic on Wilshire Boulevard at the intersection of Western Avenue. The offices of real estate developer Henry de Roulet are on the opposite corner.  

De Roulet described the corner as one of the busiest in the world. In 1930-31 he built the Wiltern Theater and Pellisser Building complex at the intersection. The buildings are now on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

This photo above, dated Feb. 10, 1929, was not published then but later appeared in the Nov. 2, 1956 Los Angeles Times.

[This post was updated on Oct. 30, 2013 with second photo below.]

I recently came across this photo below from Jan. 1929 that was published in the Jan. 20, 1929 Los Angeles Times. Also, this blog History, Los Angeles County, has three 1926 photos of the same intersection.

Jan. 1929: Traffic looking northbound on Western Ave. at Wilshire Blvd. Credit: Times Library file photo.

Here’s what the intersection looks like today via Google Street View:



  1. March 25, 2013, 10:00 am

    These early traffic lights had much to the cause of traffic problems. The Driver Training classes started a few years later and helped a great deal. Also the implementation of medians and other redesigns slow or stop traffic problems. Future improvements, when found, will help even more.

  2. November 8, 2013, 6:37 pm

    los angeles has always had traffic problems!


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