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Fifth Street Retaining Wall, Fifth Street between Grand & Flower Streets, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA



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B&W Photos

HB121878
Wall From Corner Of 5th And Grand, View To Northwest

HB121879
View To Northwest, Close-up

HB121880
Wall From Front Of Central Library Building, View To Northeast


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Location
Fifth Street between Grand & Flower Streets, Los%25252525252525252525252525252525252BAngeles, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2150
Building/structure dates: 1930 initial construction
Significance: The primary significant of the wall is through its association with the Los Angeles Public Library (a National Register landmark) and the Edison Building. The connection between the wall and the library is made through the duplication of architectural detail and the fact that Carlton Winslow, the architect for the library, designed a number of different plans for the wall itself. To date, no drawing of Winslow's has been located which depicts the wall as built. However, the fact that designs for the wall were prepared by Winslow indicate that in terms of both the enclosure of space and as a visual element, the retaining wall across the street from the Library was linked to the library at a very early date. The later duplication of the detailing of the pilasters of the wall with those on the library serves to strengthen this implication. The connection between the wall and the Edison Building is made by the fact that Allison and Allison designed the bay in the wall adjacent to the Edison Building. The wall is clearly an important visual element along Fifth Street. Its association with the Public Library and the Edison Building adds to its historical and architectural significance.

Related Names
Winslow, Carlton
Allison & Allison


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. WALL FROM CORNER OF 5TH AND GRAND, VIEW TO NORTHWEST
2. VIEW TO NORTHWEST, CLOSE-UP
3. WALL FROM FRONT OF CENTRAL LIBRARY BUILDING, VIEW TO NORTHEAST


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