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Jan. 12, 1951: This photo shows downtown Los Angeles, looking southwest from top of City Hall. The building in the center foreground is the Los Angeles Times, with Los Angeles Mirror building directly behind it . The building with the large mast on it is the Richfield Building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ellis R. Bosworth / Associated Press

Nov. 8, 1979: Bunker Hill after a rainstorm. The photo was taken from top of City Hall.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 7, 2014: Bunker Hill and Los Angeles Times buildings, seen from top of City Hall.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott Harrison / Los Angeles Times

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Los Angeles skyline 1951, 1979 and 2014

Recently I found an unpublished negative of the Los Angeles skyline taken on Nov. 8, 1979. Staff photographer Bruce Cox went to one of my favorite spots: the top of City Hall.

For a current image matching Cox’s, it was back to the City Hall observation deck. Results are above.

Just for comparison, I added a 1951 photo by Ellis R. Bosworth of the Associated Press.

And yes, that’s the Los Angeles Times building, lower center in all three photos. My desk is on the third floor. Also of interest, the 1951 photo was shot on 4 x 5 sheet film, the 1979 photo on 35 mm film and the current photo on an iPhone.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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3 Comments

  1. October 13, 2014, 3:17 am

    More high rises, less parking lots.

    By: bojan131
  2. October 13, 2014, 5:28 pm

    Wow, who has the tallest building?

    By: Ian Mega
  3. October 14, 2014, 12:29 pm

    City Hal. Is that the City version of Hal from Malcolm in the Middle?

    By: Greg

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