Museum Row on the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles
By Kayte Deioma
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Museum Row on the Miracle Mile - Background
Museum Row on the Miracle Mile sign on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles
Photo Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
Miracle Mile is the name given to a stretch of Wilshire Boulevard between Western Ave and Fairfax Ave and the areas immediately north and south. The Miracle Mile was the first commercial strip designed specifically to cater to automobile traffic rather than foot traffic. That influenced the scale of the architecture and signage, both created to be appreciated through the windshield of a car. The project's success garnered it the name Miracle Mile and spawned linear commercial districts around the country.
The area has seen a lot of changes over the years. The Los Angeles County Museum of art now occupies a huge swath of real estate, including the former May Co. Building at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, stretching over to the La Brea Tar Pits. Other museums moved into the area creating a density of cultural institutions known collectively as Museum Row from Fairfax on the west to Curson on the east.
Click through the following pages for a preview of sights to see on Museum Row and links to more in depth coverage of specific venues.