Our NeighborhoodPosted: February 9, 2015
We are very fortunate to live in the beautiful Miracle Mile neighborhood in Los Angeles, and we frequently take the opportunity to walk along Wilshire Boulevard and admire the architecture. Here are a few of our favorite spots that we encounter as we stroll down nearby streets.
Although it has been dwarfed by less interesting, taller structures, the tower and entrance to the former Desmond’s Department Store still impresses.
There are a lot of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne buildings that are still standing from when the area was developed in the 1920s and 1930s.
This is sort of a miniature version of the demolished Richfield Oil Building, and was known to James while he was living in Florida as one of the buildings that was replicated at the Disney-MGM Studios.
This was once a camera shop called The Darkroom, and luckily the camera has not been destroyed as other businesses have moved in and out. We have seen replicas of this building not only at the former Disney-MGM Studios, but also at Universal Studios Florida, and the Walt Disney Studios in Paris.
The El Rey Theater is no longer a cinema, but the original neon sign still lights up the night.
While some businesses in the neighborhood have undermined the historic architecture in which they reside, others in the area feel right at home.
Moving just north of Wilshire, the apartment houses in the surrounding blocks have such wonderful charm.
The majority of the apartments are done in Spanish Colonial Revival style, which is perfectly suited to the palm trees and sun of Los Angeles.
There are also a number of French Eclectic buildings with interesting dormers and soft colors that juxtapose well with the Spanish Colonial designs.
These Chateauesque roofs are more like what we saw on our vacations to France and Québec than what people would expect to see in a Los Angeles neighborhood.
There are even a few Tudor Style houses and brick apartment buildings clad with fire escapes.
We may not live in this neighborhood forever, but it makes the perfect setting for our first home together. I only hope that the area that we have a house in some day will be just as lovely.