Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Philippe Garnier, a settler from Gap, France, hired Abraham Edelman to design this brick and sandstone building for Chinese tenants. This was the oldest and most significant building of the original Chinatown of Los Angeles which was located here. The building housed most of the important Chinese organizations and volunteer associations that existed in the city, including the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and the Chinese American Citizens Alliance. During the 1950s construction of the Hollywood/Santa Ana Freeway, the southern half of the building was demolished. The middle section was rebuilt with a newly designed arcade on the south. A museum of Chinese American history in Los Angeles will be installed in one bay of this building.
Erected by El Pueblo de Los Angeles.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Asian Americans • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 34° 3.335′ N, 118° 14.352′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 419 North Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles CA 90012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chinese Massacre (a few steps from this marker); Plaza Fire House (within shouting distance of this marker); Merced Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); Pico House (within shouting distance of this marker); Quintero (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Pico House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rosas (about 300 feet away); Rodríguez (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
Regarding Garnier Building. Most of the original Chinatown was demolished in the 1930s to make way for construction of Union Station. The Garnier Building is now part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.
Also see . . . Chinese American Museum. — in the Garnier Building. (Submitted on November 23, 2019.)
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