|The corner of Spring and Ord Streets provides a generous pose of City Hall. Ord Street was named for the Army Lieutenant Edward O.C. Ord, who was hired to create American Los Angeles' first land survey in 1849. Before then, maps called diseños were used by Spanish and Mexican property owners.|
Spring Street was formerly Calle Primavera. Earlier, between 1825 and 1835, it was called Calle de Las Caridad (street of charity) for the wealthier residents who lived there and subsidized the poor. An even earlier name, circa 1800, was Calle Ciudado (Lookout or Beware Street) due to the numerous washes and gulches.
Ord return to Los Angeles in July, 1856, under orders to assess the temperament of the Indians and to recommend where a military post was needed. By then he was Captain Ord, and the trip included stops at Chino, San Bernardino, Jurupa, and the San Gorgonio Pass. He eventually determined that the San Gorgonio Pass would benefit from the protection of a post, but only if the Pass was deemed a viable transporation route.
|Gone is the patio where glamorous couples dined and danced to Hawaiian music, as the back of this matchbook cover image advertises. There is City Hall in view, as promising as the crescent moon and stars.|
|Above is the current restaurant at the Limehouse site. The proprietors of the old Limehouse still own the building.|
|Kim Sing Theater, at 722 No. Figueroa Street, along the northwest perimeter of Chinatown, was a Chinese movie house. The structure dates to 1925. Originally the 475-seat theater was called the Alpine before being renamed the Carmen in 1941. In the 1950s the theater was screening Chinese films, but by 1952, the theater became Kim Sing. As a young child in the early 1960s, I accompanied my parents there. Kim Sing was the oldest of the three movie houses in Chinatown at the time. I remember the really old theater seats. From the arrow in the picture you can see the tapered top of City Hall peeking through. |