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Thursday, June 2, 2011 Chapman Market

Chapman Market, 1928, by Morgan Walls and Clements - 3519 West 6th Street at Alexandria Avenue in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles - photographed Thursday, June 2, 2011

Chapman Market, designed by the firm of Morgan, Walls and Clements, opened in 1929 and it's typical of the Churrigueresque Spanish Colonial Revival architecture popular at the time, with a bit of Moorish mixed in, along with some Gothic and Rococo touches. It's a glorious nightmare of a place, on West 6th Street at Alexandria Avenue in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles. But Stiles O. Clements was on a roll three years earlier he had given us the exterior of the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard so everyone should have seen this coming.

The Chapman Market was designed as the first-ever drive-in market, but now "The Chapman" is the Koreatown hotspot all the hot clubs and amazing restaurants are here. The odd thing is that this used to be a barley field with a creek. Then along came Charles Chapman and his brothers major land owners who besides building Chapman Market, founded what's now Chapman University and along the way published county almanacs and county histories under the name "Chapman Brothers." And at one time everyone knew Charles Chapman he was "The Orange King of California." And he built things.

This place of course eventually fell into disrepair. The developer Wayne Ratkovich saved it and the nearby Wiltern so here it is. But it's still a nightmare of a place.

Chapman Market, 1928, by Morgan Walls and Clements - 3519 West 6th Street at Alexandria Avenue in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles - photographed Thursday, June 2, 2011
Chapman Market, 1928, by Morgan Walls and Clements - 3519 West 6th Street at Alexandria Avenue in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles - photographed Thursday, June 2, 2011
Chapman Market, 1928, by Morgan Walls and Clements - 3519 West 6th Street at Alexandria Avenue in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles - photographed Thursday, June 2, 2011
Chapman Market, 1928, by Morgan Walls and Clements - 3519 West 6th Street at Alexandria Avenue in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles - photographed Thursday, June 2, 2011
Chapman Market, 1928, by Morgan Walls and Clements - 3519 West 6th Street at Alexandria Avenue in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles - photographed Thursday, June 2, 2011
Chapman Market, 1928, by Morgan Walls and Clements - 3519 West 6th Street at Alexandria Avenue in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles - photographed Thursday, June 2, 2011
Chapman Market, 1928, by Morgan Walls and Clements - 3519 West 6th Street at Alexandria Avenue in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles - photographed Thursday, June 2, 2011
Chapman Market, 1928, by Morgan Walls and Clements - 3519 West 6th Street at Alexandria Avenue in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles - photographed Thursday, June 2, 2011
Chapman Market, 1928, by Morgan Walls and Clements - 3519 West 6th Street at Alexandria Avenue in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles - photographed Thursday, June 2, 2011
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Chapman Market, 1928, by Morgan Walls and Clements - 3519 West 6th Street at Alexandria Avenue in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles - photographed Thursday, June 2, 2011

Under construction

West 6th Street at Alexandria Avenue in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles, 1928, the Chapman Market under construction - photo at historical marker
Chapman Market, 1928, by Morgan Walls and Clements - 3519 West 6th Street at Alexandria Avenue in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles - photographed Thursday, June 2, 2011
Chapman Market, 1928, by Morgan Walls and Clements - 3519 West 6th Street at Alexandria Avenue in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles - photographed Thursday, June 2, 2011

Also see 1929 Windows and 1929 Archways

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto. The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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