A woman sits at a sandstone water trough on the the north end of Olvera Street, circa 1930s. The trough dates back to 1897.
Olvera Street in 1925.
Street musicians on the porch of the Avila Adobe. (LAPL)
The El Paseo de Los Angeles, 1934. The La Golondrina Mexican Cafe (the Pelanconi House) is on the far right.
Street performers in 1936.
A postcard from 1936.
A romanticized recreation of early Los Angeles.
Romance on Olvera Street in the 1940s.
The Café Caliente, one of the the lost restaurants of Olvera Street, was well-known in the 1930s and 1940s for its music entertainment. Started by the Peluffo family in the early 1930s, the restaurant originally opened as an Italian eatery called the Casa di Pranzo, but it switched to Mexican, where it maintained a loyal following for a couple of decades. In 1953, the family closed the restaurant and the building became the new address for the El Paseo Inn.
In front of the Avila Adobe, circa 1940s.
Strolling along Olvera Street in 1949. (OCA)
Photo taken by photographer Bob Plunkett, around 1950-51 (my guess). Notice the Theatre sign? That was the Olvera Street Puppet Theatre that once occupied the Old Machine Shop Building.
Interior of a gift shop, possibly from the 1950s.