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Old Town Torrance

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2003 - 2013.


The City of Torrance is located about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles on the edge of Rancho Palos Verdis. The Del Amo Mall is the largest of several malls and shoping centers in the city. In the center is Old Torrance. Accross the street from the Del Amo Mall is the Madrona Marsh. The Torrance Historical Society opperates a museum that always seems closed but we keep trying to visit.

Founded in 1010 as an industrial city on land that was once part of the Domingez Rancho. Incorporated into a city in 1921 and paid Omstead Jr. to design the city. Irving Gill designed some of the buildings with the theiry that a house should be easy to clean, of concrete, coved floor, and no ornament. The WPA built 3 buildings, the Library, City Hall, (now Warner Cable), and Civic Auditorium.

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Historical Society. Photo Date: 7-23-05.




























Twitchel, 1979, on back of Employment Development at the corner of Engracia and Cravens.





La Capilla
La Capilla, in the heart of Old torrance, is one of the best traditional Mexican restaurants in the Los Angles area. Photo Date: 7-23-05.

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Keegan's Pub
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Typical residential street in Old Torrance.

El Prado was a grand parkway connecting the City Hall (where instead Torrance
High School was built) to the depot.

Large houses didn't sell well in Torrance, so most of these home are smaller.









Prairie Style home at Arlington and Post, built 1919.

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