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L.A. Civic Center, 1960 and 1969

L.A. Civic Center, 1960 and 1969

Los Angeles Times staff photographer Larry Sharkey took these two panoramas from the observation deck of Los Angeles City Hall. The top image was taken in November 1969. The bottom one in May 1960. Sharkey assembled each panorama using three black and white prints.

These two photos were published on Page 3 of the Nov. 28, 1969, Los Angeles Times. The original caption reported:

A DECADE’S DIFFERENCE – View from the City Hall Tower toward the west today, top, shows dramatic changes in the Civic Center and the downtown skyline since May 1960, when the (bottom) photo was taken from the same spot. Today’s developments include, starting at left rear with tallest building: Crocker Citizens Plaza, Pacific Telephone’s 16-story equipment complex topped by its microwave tower, Union Bank Square, cleared areas for future Bunker Hill developments, the three Bunker Hill Tower apartment buildings, the Music Center and between the center’s theaters, the Department of Water and Power.

This previous From the Archives post “Los Angeles skyline 1951, 1979 and 2014″ consists of similar images taken from Los Angeles City Hall.

Crocker Citizens Plaza is now known as 611 Place. Union Bank Square is now Union Bank Plaza.

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