As a tribute to the first writer to chronicle Los Angeles, in 1994 the city designated Raymond Chandler Square a Historic-Cultural Monument.  The square is located at the corner of Hollywood and Cahuenga Boulevards, the site of Philip Marlowe's office in Chandler's novels.
Two Views of Raymond Chandler Square:
Left: Looking west down Hollywood Boulevard  

Right: Looking northeast across the square and facing the Pacific Security Bank building, the likely model for the Cahuenga Building, where Philip Marlowe leased an office on the 6th floor. 

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Photographs courtesy of Jess Bravin.
The Creation of Raymond Chandler Square 

Raymond Chandler Square was proposed by journalist Jess Bravin, who conceived of the monument as a way for the city to honor the man who, in Bravin's words, "all but invented our city's literary landscape."  Bravin approached the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission with his idea, and the Commission unanimously approved the proposal.  

In his making his case for the importance of the monument, Bravin argued, "Of all the artists of the twentieth century, perhaps no one shaped the image of Los Angeles more than did Raymond Chandler (1888-1959).  His novels, which featured private detective Philip Marlowe, portrayed this city and its people with a depth and texture that both inspires and chills each generation of readers.  His style, terse and metaphoric, gritty yet romantic, bridged the worlds of rich and poor, of losers and dreamers, of 'popular novels' and literary art." 

On August 5th, 1994 the Los Angeles City Council officially designated the corner of Hollywood and Cahuenga Boulevards "Raymond Chandler Square."