Photo by Lauren Everett/L.A. Conservancy

Broadway-Spring Arcade Building

The Arcade Building is actually two twelve-story towers connected by a skylit, three-level arcade that runs from Spring Street to Broadway.

The exterior features intricate Spanish Baroque terracotta arches that rise up over the arcade entrances.

Thin twisted and beaded columns shape the delicate arches that traverse the basement level. The arcade itself measures 826 feet by 26 feet and originally housed sixty-one shops. It is covered with a glass-roofed skylight in imitation of the Burlington Arcade in London. The Venetian-style bridge that spans the center of the arcade was a later addition.

The building was constructed on the site of Mercantile Place, a small alley lined with retail shops that, by 1924, had been an L.A. landmark for more than forty years.  A competition was held to find a suitable design that would provide office space as well as maintain the alley’s storefronts and ambience. The winning architects, Kenneth McDonald and Maurice Couchot, were awarded $60,000 for their plans.

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.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park

A bit of the Alps in the high desert between the Tehachapi and San Gabriel mountain ranges, built using salvaged plywood from theatrical sets to house a vibrant collection of Native American artifacts.
Site of original Canter's Deli. Photo by Laura Dominguez/L.A. Conservancy

Former Canter's Delicatessen

Canter's Deli, a quintessential L.A. institution, has its roots in the Jewish community along Brooklyn Avenue.