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|Grand Central Market brings together the cuisines and cultures of Los Angeles
The Grand Central Market in Los Angeles is the oldest open-air market on the west coast. It has an early 1900's feel. Grand Central Market is one of the best places to visit if you want to experience the international diversity of Los Angeles. Grand Central Market has over 40 vendors selling fruit, vegetables, meat, spices and other items. There are also many informal restaurants that offer many cuisines—including Thai, Chinese, Peruvian and Mexican—in the midst of sawdust floors.
Grand Central Market is on the ground floor of the Homer Laughlin Building. This building was built by Ohio entrepreneur Homer Laughlin. This was the first earthquake and fire proof building in Los Angeles. Homer Laughlin Building was designed in the Beaux Arts style. It was the fifth building in the United States, and the first building west of Chicago, to use concrete floors. Originally built in 1897 by architect John Parkinson and further expanded in 1905 by architect Harrison Albright. The landmark Grand Central Market opened in 1917.
This location was chosen because of its proximity to the Angels Flight Railway. Originally, the wealthier people of Los Angeles rode the Angels Flight Railway for a penny down to the best open-air shopping in town. At the Market, there was wide range choices for small snacks to full meals. This is still true today.
References1. ^ a b c d e "Grand Central Market Los Angeles Oldest and Largest Open-air Market". http://www.grandcentralsquare.com/. Retrieved on 2009-08-22.
2. ^ a b c d e "Grand Central Market Los Angeles Oldest and Largest Open-air Market". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homer_Laughlin_Building. Retrieved on 2009-08-26.