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Photo by Tom Davies

301-309 Wilshire Blvd.

The storefronts on the north side of Wilshire across from Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade are a resilient holdout from an earlier era of one-story commercial developments of the 1920s and early 1930s.

Now the site of upscale boutiques, the restored Art Deco facades at 301 and 309 Wilshire are quite ornate, containing a series of narrow panels separated by mullions and each containing a relief of zigzags and stylized plant forms.

Photo by Marcello Vavala/L.A. Conservancy

Blackstone Department Store Building

Before his name was attached to historic icons like City Hall and Union Station, John Parkinson designed the most luxurious department store west of the Mississippi.