The Historic Downtown is the heart of Los Angeles and the home of an unparalleled collection of early
20th Century commercial architecture. Bordered by 3rd and 9th Streets and Main and Broadway, the
district encompasses 24 blocks of stunning Beaux Arts, Art Deco, and revival-style buildings in a
vibrant urban setting more common to New York City.
Broadway is the backbone of the Historic Downtown. In 1931, Broadway was the West Coast
equivalent of New York's Great White Way. With an unprecedented 12 major theaters, the famed
Broadway district contained the highest concentration of movie palaces in the world. It was the city's
most popular gathering place, home to movie premiers, ticker-tape parades and shopping at the
region's top department stores.
While Broadway boomed as Los Angeles' shopping and entertainment center, Spring Street, just to the
east, grew into the Wall Street of the West. The premier location for the City's banks and brokerage
firms in the early twentieth century, it features the largest collection of Beaux-Arts buildings remaining
in the United States.
Today, both of these remarkable historic environments are listed on the National Register of Historic
Places, giving testament to their integrity and prominence.