The diamond district in downtown Los Angeles is called the St. Vincent Jewelry Center. Before the jewelry mart, the neighborhood was home to St. Vincent's College. The city's first university was originally built near Olvera Street in the 1860s, but it quickly outgrew the two story adobe. The real estate boom of the 1880s caused St. Vincent's College to move again. But artist J. Michael Walker says two tiny streets remain downtown: St. Vincent Court and St. Vincent Place, both named for the French priest St. Vincent de Paul.
"St. Vincent had always said that he felt that the poor and impoverished were our proper masters in this life, so it's particularly fitting that all that's left in a way are these very anonymous bits of asphalt. And actually on St. Vincent's Place, he gets to serve the poor in the way he particularly wanted because the homeless gather there each night."
Today, St. Vincent's College has a new location – and a new name: Loyola Marymount University in Westchester. J Michael Walker's exhibit "All the Saints of the City of the Angels" is currently on display at the Autry Museum.