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From the Bowl to the Boulevard

The Herbert M. Baruch Corporation and Los Angeles Landmarks

Caroline Luce, Karen Wilson, Authors

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Building the Metropolis

Hollywood BowlMovie StudiosCivic Buildings & SchoolsHospital, Commercial, & Office BuildingsWilshire Blvd. TemplePraise & PromotionIntroductionHerbert M. Baruch

Between 1920 and 1955, the Herbert M. Baruch Corporation was one of the largest general contractors in Southern California, building over 500 projects with the majority in Los Angeles County.  From the Hollywood Bowl to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, from downtown office buildings and movie theaters to public schools and emergency wartime housing, the Baruch Corporation changed the urban landscape during the period when Los Angeles was the fastest growing city in the United States.  While some of the company's work has disappeared, much is still around and many projects have become landmarks, recognizable around the world. Exhibited here are a sample of materials from the UCLA Special Collections.

Source: Historic photographs and documents from Herbert M. Baruch Corporation Records (Collection 1512). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

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