Barry Building | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Barry Building

Completed in 1951, the Barry Building was designed by local architect Milton Caughey for owner David Barry.

It quickly became an important part of the postwar commercial development of San Vicente Boulevard.

The two-story, flat-roofed building is built around a central open courtyard, with very simple outward-facing façades. It has elements of the International Style and features simple lines, a horizontal orientation, and expanses of courtyard-facing windows. Curving, cantilevered stairways connect the second story to the courtyard below.

The building’s best-known occupant was Dutton’s Bookstore, a fixture for over twenty years. The bookstore was so legendary that many people still refer to the building as Dutton’s. The unusual courtyard layout exemplifies modern ideals of integrating indoor and outdoor spaces, in a rare commercial application.

Fox Jewelry Plaza
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Fox Jewelry Plaza

Owned by William Fox of Fox Films, this 1932 office building is clad in mauve terra cotta, and features geometric designs typical of the Art Deco style.
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Bob's Big Boy Broiler

When it opened in 1958, Harvey's Broiler was the largest drive-in restaurant in Southern California and soon became the hub of the 1950s cruising culture.
Hercules Campus
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The Hercules Campus

A visionary adaptive reuse project transformed a languishing industrial complex with a legendary past into a creative media campus, all while preserving the unique character of this important piece of aviation history.