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 by Jim Simmons Photography

Freehand Los Angeles

A long-neglected former office building was transformed into a vibrant hotel, connecting people to their past and each other.
Lakewood Center
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

Lakewood Center

Upon its official opening in 1952, Lakewood Center became a well-known shopping destination touted for its ultramodern style and easy automobile access.