UCLA Then and Now

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May 2020

It's 1930 and the Westwood campus is only about a year old, as is the Great Depression. Westwood Village is still sparsely developed, as is the campus itself. But change is taking place on a grand scale: the next decade will be described by the UCLA yearbook, "Southern Campus," as the "Era of Progress."

January 2020

Westwood Village in 1936 already has some of its iconic buildings. It is a time when even gas stations have impressive spires that reach skyward (at one point, there are four on the Village's Westwood Blvd. alone). Meanwhile, UCLA has a College of Agriculture — and an orchard.

August 2019

It's 1928 and the iconic Janss Steps are under construction. Sunset Blvd. is a lonely road and the Hill is decades from seeing dormitories populate its slopes. But the start of classes within a year will accelerate the amazing transformation of the region.

May 2019

It's 1922 and the fledgling Southern Branch of the University of California, located on Vermont Ave., is poised to become a four-year, degree-granting institution. It will soon outgrow its original location and look westward for a new home.

December 2018

It's 1947. Powell Library is still clearly visible from everywhere on Bruin Walk. Student fees for a full year are less than $100. And a former Bruin is about to make history.

July 2018

It's late 1929. The first four buildings have been completed and classes have started. Moore Hall is under construction. And the stock market is about to crash.

May 2018

It's 1938 and the Westwood campus is nearly a decade old. Tuition for a semester costs less than a tank of gas does now. The Village has new sports facility. And World War II is on the horizon.

December 2017

It's 1932. In January, it snows. In February, Albert Einstein visits. And in the summer, Los Angeles hosts its first Olympic Games.