It’s hard to believe that the Sunset Strip was ever this empty. This photo was taken at around the corner of Sunset and Sweetzer in 1930. The Sunset Tower Apartments (the tall Art Deco building on the left) would have just opened. It must have really stood out at the time—not much else was around! It’s now a hotel but back then was an upscale apartment block.
This is a shot of Sunset Strip in 1949. On the right, about halfway up, we can see Ciro's nightclub (now the Comedy Store). The white building next to it is the Hacienda Park Apartments (later renamed the Coronet and is now the Plaza del Sol office building. It all looks a bit sparse (buildings AND traffic) compared to what we’re used to seeing these days, doesn’t it?