Friday, July 09, 2010

Vintage Photo Friday

Culver City, looking east on Washington from Overland Avenue

I received this postcard from the band, "I See Hawks in L.A." They were announcing a gig this coming Saturday at Boulevard Music in Culver City. Judging from the cars in the foreground, I'd say this photo was taken around 1957. I see a lot of Chevys here, from 1955-57 parked along the railroad tracks.
So much has changed in this part of Culver City since 1957. The tracks are now a landscaped median strip with added real estate for shops and restaurants. Many of the buildings are still here, but drastically remodeled and refaced. The Culver Hotel is still there, upgraded. There is a new theater, a new City Hall building and more. Once a small downtown, utilitarian business district, this section of Culver City is now a major entertainment mecca.
One of my favorite old buildings at the western edge of the downtown area is the post office. If you have a chance, drop in and check out the WPA era murals!

Oh...there are many stories about Culver City's past...gangsters, prohibition, gambling, speakeasys, Munchkins, movie-stars and more. It's a fascinating City, worthy of your exploration.

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At 12:13 PM PDT, Blogger Ana Petrova said...

I thought Overland is North & South? I may not know which way I'm going though.

At 12:21 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Yes, Overland runs north and south. This is Washington, seen from the vantage point of Overland Avenue, to the west of downtown CC

At 11:54 AM PDT, Blogger Ana Petrova said...

Well that clears it up. See you next week.


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