3508 Wilshire Boulevard

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John C. Austin designed 3508 Wilshire Boulevard in 1908, with the Department of Buildings issuing its construction permit on September 28 of that year; the house was built at the southeast corner of Irolo Street before that avenue was rerouted with a jog above Seventh Street to meet Normandie Avenue extending north from Wilshire. A permit for its demolition was issued by the city on August 9, 1955; a Carl's Jr. is on its site today next to a pedestrian mall on the path of the abandoned half-block of Irolo. The full story of 3508 will be told in due course.


A wide view eastward on Wilshire Boulevard, circa 1949; 3508 is at far right, where Irolo Street
meets the boulevard. This corner no longer exits, Irolo having been rerouted a block east—
behind the site of the house and through that of 3500—to meet Normandie Avenue,
which passes this side of the former Wilshire Christian Church, seen at far left.




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