A view of the heart of downtown Tokyo as it looked in 1948, and for the most part before the war as well. The office buildings were built between 1915 and 1925. In the foreground can be seen a small hotel and possibly one or more private dwellings. Much of Tokyo before the war had this mixed character of land use. This is no longer true in contemporary times. Today this vista would be completely transformed: no more small structures or dwellings, and the old masonry buildings would be replaced by multi-story structures.