Welcome to Cornerspotter, Curbed's game in which you try to identify the location and/or identity of a particular building or streetscape in a historic photograph. Impress us and your fellow Curbed readers with your uncanny insight into Los Angeles and its past!
We're going to start off nice and slow with one of the most famous blocks in early Los Angeles. The buildings here were built throughout the 1800s as, assortedly, hotels, shops, offices, and apartments (before that the site was home to a fancy adobe and before that a general store). That tall pole you see in the middle is one of LA's first electric light poles. When plans were announced to demolish the central structure in the twentieth century, an effort was made to move it and reopen it to the public, but the plan failed and eventually every building on the block was razed. The current site is pretty much the opposite of the old one, loveliness-wise, and is most recognizable for its public art. Guesses in the comments please!
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