Chapman Plaza


Chapman Plaza

One of the first markets in the western U.S. designed for the car.

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3451 W. 6th Street Los Angeles, CA 90020
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Opened in 1929, the drive-in Chapman Park Market was one of the first markets in the western U.S. designed for the automobile.

The market presented a fortress-like facade, with thick concrete walls worked to resemble sandstone and ornate, Churrigueresque towers on the corners.

A large rooftop sign invited motorists off Wilshire. Patrons drove in through a Spanish Revival archway to find an inner courtyard surrounded by various grocers.

The market and its companion Chapman Park Studio building across Alexandria Avenue were envisioned, along with the since-demolished Chapman Park Hotel, as fashionable anchors of the neighborhood.

Chapman Plaza was restored by developer Wayne Ratkovich and architect Brenda Levin, and is currently occupied mostly by chic Korean shops and restaurants.

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The Conservancy does not own or operate the Chapman Plaza. For any requests, please contact the Chapman Plaza directly at (213) 387-1113

Historic view of Chapman Market. | Conservancy Archives
Chapman Market parking area and fountain | Security Pacific Collection/Los Angeles Public Library
Conservancy Archives
late 1980s. | Bob Brennan
Chapman Market | Bob Brennan
Chapman Market, 1990. | Bob Brennan
Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy