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Old Posted Feb 2, 2010, 6:16 AM
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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality View Post
Temple and Figueroa looking south in 1932.

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Above: Temple at the junction between Flower and Figueroa in the 1930s.

What does this intersection look like today?
It looks very different today.

Very interesting photos, ethereal. In 1939, this area was changed when the City built the Temple Street overpass over Figueroa, creating the first diamond interchange in southern California and perhaps the west coast. Flower Street no longer reaches Temple, it was truncated in the 1960s because of Bunker Hill redevelopment.

The intersection of Figueroa and Temple was prominently featured in the 1964 Bette Davis film "Dead Ringer." In the film you can even see the DWP building under construction.

Here are some photos of the intersection, courtesy LAPL:

1939, construction of the Temple St. overpass

Here is the completed overpass shown in December, 1939:

The overpass still exists in all its Art Moderne glory. However everything else around it looks nothing like this picture now.
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