Builders Exchange Building | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Builders Exchange Building

The Builders Exchange Building is one of Santa Ana's most important historic commercial structures. Designed by local architect C. A. Landsdowne, the two-story, Beaux Arts building is significant for its contribution to the Downtown Santa Ana Historic District, as well as for its quality of construction and association with the city's early building industry.

The building was intended as a showcase for the talents of the Orange County Builders Exchange, a trade organization responsible for developing the county's building codes and regulations. All of the construction and subcontract work on the building was completed by members of the Builders Exchange and used the most up-to-date techniques and materials available, such as steel construction, plate glass, composition roofing, and gas steam heat.

The building underwent a major renovation after a serious fire damaged the interior in 1983. Yet the exterior has remained largely intact, and the Conservancy holds an easement that protects the original façade.

Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/Los Angeles Conservancy

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The Palace opened in 1911 as the third home of the Orpheum vaudeville circuit in Los Angeles. It is one of the oldest theatres in Los Angeles and the oldest remaining original Orpheum theatre in the U.S.
Photo by Richard Langendorf

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The 1907 San Fernando Building was developed by James B. Lankershim, one of California’s largest landholders. In 2000, the building was the first adaptive reuse housing project developed by Gilmore Associates as part of the creation of the Old Bank District.