Beverly Wilshire | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Beverly Wilshire

Now the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel), this landmark was built by real-estate developer Walter McCarty to spice up interest in the then-young city of Beverly Hills.

The hotel rose on the site of a popular auto racetrack that drew huge crowds from 1920 to 1923. (El Camino Drive, on the hotel's east side, was once Speedway Drive.)

The Beverly Wilshire became the most luxurious lodging on the boulevard west of the Ambassador Hotel. The grounds once spanned an entire block, with gardens and later tennis courts used for exhibition matches starring champions such as Pancho Gonzales and Bobby Riggs.

Welton Becket and Associates designed the building's fourteen-story addition in 1969, shortly after Becket died. The addition made the hotel the tallest building in Beverly Hills at the time.

Hilton Checkers
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Hilton Checkers

Built on a lot only sixty feet wide and 160 feet deep, the Mayflower Hotel's exterior is Spanish in style while the interior leans more toward "Pilgrim Revival."
Photo courtesy of Berger/Conser Photography

Orpheum Theatre and Loft Building

This opulent theatre and twelve-story office building opened in 1926 as the fourth and final home of the famed Orpheum vaudeville circuit in Los Angeles.
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.