Dunes Inn Wilshire | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Larry Underhill

Dunes Inn Wilshire

Now operating as a Dunes Inn, this building opened as the Wilshire Twilighter Hotel. Its many amenities included drive-in registration, a plus in the late 1950s as the car culture boomed in Southern California. 

A prominent feature of the hotel's design is the three-story cylindrical tower facing Wilshire that houses a stairwell within. Clad in brick, it incorporates a double stretcher bond featuring alternating recessed and projecting headers.

The circle motif extends to the porte-cochere (carport), in which circular lights are suspended through enlarged circular openings, as well as to the entrance landscaping, which features a raised circular planting bed.

Photo courtesy Marc Wanamaker

Ambassador Hotel (Demolished)

One of Los Angeles' defining historic sites, the Ambassador fueled development of Wilshire Boulevard and housed the world-famous Cocoanut Grove.
Temple Emanuel
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

Temple Emanuel

This great example of Modernism in Beverly Hills was first religious building designed by prolific Modern architect Sidney Eisenshtat.