The Figueroa Corridor is a stretch of Figueroa Street, one of the oldest and longest streets in Los Angeles, that links the downtown center with the University of Southern California (USC). In addition to USC, this corridor is home to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Exposition Park, the Shrine Auditorium, the Los Angeles Convention Center, Staples Center and L.A. Live.
The street was named in the 1850s after Jose Figueroa, a leading general in the Mexican War of Independence from Spain and one of the best Governors of California during the Mexican period. In the 1920s Figueroa Street emerged as the historic Auto Row of Los Angeles and today, the Corridor is home to several large auto dealerships.
Notable events along the Figueroa Corridor include the Olympic Games (1932 and 1984), Academy Awards, two Nobel Laureates, and excellent museums. Architectural landmarks in the area consist of the historic Doheny Mansion, the Science Center School designed by 2005 Pritzker Winner Thom Mayne, the oldest dealership in Los Angeles, Felix Chevrolet and its’ iconic Felix the Cat signage, and the Auto Club of Southern California’s 1921 Spanish Colonial Revival building designed by Sumner P. Hunt and Silas R. Burns.