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Hammel Building

El Edificio Hammel

 

— El Pueblo de Los Angeles —

 
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By J. J. Prats, December 4, 2018
1. Hammel Building Marker
Inscription.  The Hammel Building on Main Street was constructed in 1909. Originally built as four light industrial shops with a partial basement storage area along Olvera Street, the building now fronts on Olvera Street and houses two ground level shops and two basement shops. Marie Hammel, who built the Italian Hall next door in 1907, hired architects Hudson and Munsell to construct the building at a cost of $4,000. In 1913, the Hammel Building passed to Mrs. Hammel’s daughter, Marie Hammel McLaughlin, who enlarged it on the Olvera Street side.

As Olvera Street was transformed into a Mexican market place in 1930, it was necessary to provide public access to the building from Olvera Street and staircases had to be constructed to the ground floor of the Hammel Building. Small basements were excavated in the 1940s to provide additional shops for Olvera Street merchants. Although the Main Street façade has not changed significantly, the Olvera Street façade has been altered and repaired over the years.

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El Edificio Hammel en la Calle Principal (Main) se construyó en 1909. Originalmente construido
El Edificio Hammel Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, December 4, 2018
2. El Edificio Hammel Marker
en forma de cuatro talleres para uso industrial con un sótano parcial para el almacenamiento a lo largo de la Calle Olvera. Hoy en día el edificio tiene su frente en la Calle Olvera y aloja a dos negocios a nivel del suelo y a dos negocios en el sótano. Marie Hammel, quien construyó el Salón Italiano al lado de éste en 1907, contrató a los arquitectos Hudson y Munsell para construir el edificio a un costo de $4000. En 1913, el Edificio Hammel pasó a ser propiedad de la hija de la Sra. Hammel, Marie Hammel McLaughlin, quien lo amplió en el lado de la Calle Olvera.

Cuando la Calle Olvera se transformó en un mercado Mexicano en 1930, fue necesario proveer acceso al edificio de la misma, y se tuvieron que construir escaleras para poder llegar al piso que está al nivel del suelo en el Edificio Hammel. En la década de 1940 se excavaron pequeños sótanos para proveer de más tiendas a los comerciantes de la Calle Olvera. Si bien la fachada que da a la Calle Principal (Main) no ha cambiado en forma significativa, la fachada que da a la Calle Olvera sí ha sido cambiado y reparada a través de los años.
 
Erected by El Pueblo de Los Angeles.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. 34° 3.476′ N, 118° 14.282′ 
Hammel Building Façade image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, December 4, 2018
3. Hammel Building Façade
These markers are on the metal tripod behind the tree on the right.
W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on North Main Street south of Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 642 Main 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. Pelanconi Warehouse (a few steps from this marker); Italian Hall (a few steps from this marker); Pelanconi House & Pelanconi Warehouse (a few steps from this marker); Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid (within shouting distance of this marker); Sepúlveda House (within shouting distance of this marker); Pelanconi House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sepulveda House (within shouting distance of this marker); Pure Water from Many Sources (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 22, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 22, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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