Chinatown Los Angeles

Los(t) Angeles: Chinatown photos – 1891 to 1937

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Glimpses of Chinatown from the early 1890s to its demise in the late 1930s. The neighborhood was torn down to build Union Station, which opened in 1939.



Chinatown’s “crib district” where bordellos flourished. Photo looks west from Alameda Street towards the Plaza. Part of the two-storied Lugo Adobe (razed in 1951) can be seen on the far right hand side in the distance, just above the building with the porch overhang. Picture was taken in 1891. (Los Angeles Public Library 00033979)


Chinatown crib district Los Angeles 1890sA side street that was quite well-known for its prostitution, c. 1890s. (Los Angeles Public Library 00046727)


Chinatown Los Angeles

Taken sometime between the years 1898 and 1905. The coloring of the B & W image was an early process known as Photochrome.


Los Angeles Chinese Family 1904

A Chinese family portrait, circa 1904.


Haunted Old ChinatownAccording to the USC Digitial Archive, this dwelling on Juan Street in old Chinatown was allegedly haunted in 1933. Note the “For Rent” sign next to the door.


Old Chinatown

Alameda Street in Old Chinatown, c. 1937. Photographer: Herman Schultheis. (LAPL 00097498)


A billboard in a section of Old Chinatown, circa 1938. (University of California) Bizarre Los Angeles

A billboard in a section of Old Chinatown, circa 1938. (University of California)

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