Christ Church | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Larry Underhill

Christ Church

The first synagogue built on Wilshire Boulevard, Temple Emanuel housed the city's second Reform congregation, which had been established in 1919.

When originally built, the temple seated over 1,100 people in the main sanctuary. Although the congregation grew rapidly for several years, with the opening of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple nearby and the economic difficulties of the Depression, the synagogue was soon closed and sold to Christ Church.

In 1939, the congregation was revived and a new synagogue built at 8844 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills.

With its well-proportioned, symmetrical facade and repeating arched windows, the building on Manhattan Place remains a striking example of a Beaux Arts Renaissance Revival style uncommon to Los Angeles.

Photo by Larry Underhill

Wadsworth Chapel

The oldest remaining building on Wilshire served Protestants on one side and Catholics on the other.
Downtown Women’s Center
Photo by Randall Michelson, Courtesy Pica + Sullivan Architects, Ltd.

Downtown Women’s Center

After years of languishing, what William Douglas Lee had designed for a shoe company gained new life as the Downtown Women's Center, earning a Conservancy Preservation Award.
Photo by Lauren Everett/L.A. Conservancy

Arcade Theatre

The 1910 Pantages Theatre on Broadway was the first in Los Angeles leased to the Pantages Vaudeville Circuit and is one of the oldest remaining theatres in the Broadway Historic Theatre district.