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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

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May 20, 1958

Photograph by Ed Gamer / Los Angeles Times

1945_map_detail Times columnist Jack Smith pays a farewell visit to the Amestoy Building at the northeast*   corner of  Market and Main (shown in 1945 map) across from City Hall.

Built in 1887 by Domingo Amestoy, the structure was Los Angeles' first brick office building and the first to have an elevator.


Amestoy died Jan. 11, 1892, at the age of 60.

Note that the photo also shows a lounge  called the Stake Out. This was a favorite hangout for police officers as it was across from headquarters, which was then located in City Hall.

* Shoutout to Nathan Marsak for pointing out my error on saying the Amestoy Building was the northwest corner ... Thanks, crime buddy.

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