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Chapman Plaza

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.

Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Lerners Building

Part of the National Register-listed Broadway Theatre and Commercial Historic District, this building was originally a women's clothing store.
Metro 417
Photo by Floyd Bariscale

Metro 417

Designed in the Beaux Arts style with Italian Renaissance ornamentation, this 1926 building has dual entrances, one to the offices above, and one to a concourse that served the city's early subway.
Photo courtesy KFA Architecture and Jim Simmons Photography

Hollenbeck Terrace

A former hospital, neglected and underused for many years, reclaimed its role as a community resource through adaptive reuse as affordable housing for seniors.