Abbot Kinney at Westminster During Prohibition

1920 - Intersection.of.Westminster.and.Washington
Intersection of Washington (now Abbot Kinney) Boulevard and Westminster Avenue, Venice, California

Another great print scanned by the USC Digital Library. This one shows the intersection of Westminster Avenue at Abbot Kinney. The perspective is looking to the southeast, in the southerly direction of traffic.

What’s most remarkable to me is how much of the original building structures is still intact today (2016). Many area structures were knocked down after the Long Beach quake in 1933. I had this print labelled as 1928, but now I’m not so sure. nearly a century after its construction.

The first building on the left is 1101 S. Abbot Kinney Blvd. It’s signage reads “Safeway Stores – California’s Leading Grocer,” but its current tenant is YAS (Yoga and S*). The parcel’s assessor records list the building’s original construction completed in 1913.

The first building on the right is 1100 S. Abbot Kinney Blvd. It’s signage reads “Washington Pharmacy – Drugs,” but its current tenant is Heist women’s boutique.The parcel’s assessor records list the building’s original construction completed in 1922.

So, the photograph is most likely from that era. But, it will take a bit more research to nail it down.

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Tom Cornyn

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