Crenshaw Women's Center | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Crenshaw Women's Center

In just three action-packed years, the Crenshaw Women’s Center generated an enormous amount of energy, pivotal change and several firsts for the Women’s Rights Movement and second wave feminism in Los Angeles and the nation.

This includes the Women’s Self-Help One clinic, the first in the nation and consequently placed the Crenshaw Women’s Center at the genesis point of the women’s self-help movement. Founded by Carol Downer and Lorraine Rothman, the clinic became a model for the national movement. 

SurveyLA, the Los Angeles citywide historic resources survey, identified the Crenshaw Women's Center as individually eligible for listing under the state and local designation programs as a pioneering venue for lesbian education and empowerment, and as a rare example of institutional development associated with the LGBTQ+ community in the Wilshire and Mid City areas. 

Junipero Serra State Office Building
Photo courtesy Nadel Architects

Junipero Serra State Office Building

Arthur T. Letts established his new business in a rented space at the corner of Fourth Street and Broadway, eventually expanding the company, The Broadway Department Store, into California's largest retail establishment of the era.