The Darkroom | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Tim Street-Porter

The Darkroom

Originally a camera shop, this unique structure (now a restaurant) is one of the city's last remaining examples of programmatic architecture, in which a building physically resembles its purpose.

The façade's nine-foot-tall Argus camera announced The Darkroom's wares quite literally. Some claim that during the building's heyday, the tenant would project short films through the camera lens/window for pedestrians to watch.

Although the famed store is long gone, the black vitriolite facade remains as a protected city landmark (Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument).

Yet its Art Deco neon signage was not protected. Removed and hidden for decades in a private collection, the sign is now owned by the Museum of Neon Art.

Taix in 2019. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy.

Taix

First opened in 1927, Taix has been at its present Sunset Boulevard location since 1962. In May 2020, a new project was unveiled publicly that calls for the demolition of the Taix building and redevelopment of the site.
Clifton's
Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Clifton's

This beloved downtown institution is restored and reimagined for new generations.