The CalEdison | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

The CalEdison

Originally the home of a utility company, the Southern California Edison Company Building was one of the first all-electrically heated and cooled buildings constructed in the western United States.

The fourteen-story, steel-framed building follows a classically inspired Art Deco design. The lower three stories are of solid limestone, while the upper stories and central tower are faced with buff-colored terra cotta. On the façade, the spandrels contain a cubic Art Deco pattern, repeated in the central tower, lobby floor and elevator ceilings. On the entry façade allegorical figures by sculptor Merrell Gage represent, light, power and hydroelectric energy. In the two-story lobby, classical elements are treated with an Art Deco flavor.

Below the thirty-foot high coffered ceiling, the floor and walls are composed of at least seventeen different types of marble. At the end of the lobby is a mural by Hugo Ballin titled "Power." The exterior greenhouse-like structures were added in the 1980s and the street-level shopping corridor in 1993.

Garfield Building
Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Garfield Building

This twelve-story structure gracefully combines Art Deco geometry and the floral swirl of the Art Nouveau style.
Photo by Flora Chou/L.A. Conservancy

Brown Derby Dome

An iconic example of the roadside vernacular architecture that was especially popular in California and designed to capture the attention of passing motorists, the flagship location of the Brown Derby was actually built in the shape of a hat.
Exterior of The Trust Building. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

The Trust Building

When the Title Insurance and Trust Building opened it was called the “Queen of Spring Street” due to its great size. In 2020 it reopens as The Trust Building following a full rehabilitation.