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Old Posted Apr 28, 2010, 1:31 PM
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El Centenario Found

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality View Post
Does anyone know where the El Centenario Cafe was located?
Obviously the number is 501....but I don't know the street.

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In looking for a picture of Mary Miles Minter's house at 701 S. New Hampshire, look what I found:




These pictures are dated 1910--this is 81 New High Street--the number was changed at some point to 501
and the Restaurant Moctezuma, mentioned in the captions as being in this building, apparently became El
Centenario. The house had been the residence of a famous Angeleno, Prudent Beaudry, who was mayor
from 1874-1876. Part of New High Street still exists, parallel to N. Broadway from Chavez to Alpine, with a bit
at the Plaza--which, according to Google, would be where the house once stood. (New High once extended
southerly to about Court St. next to the Hall of Records.)

And now--take a look at this, just "unearthed":


At first I thought that the Beaudry house has been demolished, but now I see that the lettering at far left is on the back
right side of it. This must be a shot from about 1925 or after--notice the Hall of Justice looming.
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