Garfield Building | Los Angeles Conservancy
Garfield Building
Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Garfield Building

Originally built for the Sun Realty Company, this twelve-story structure gracefully combines Art Deco geometry and the floral swirl of the Art Nouveau style. The cream terra cotta-clad exterior steps back at the third floor, creating a U-shaped plan for the upper stories. Crowning the building is a small, square tower. Stylized floral reliefs accent the spandrels in the vertical window strips, while sun patterns grace the lower stories.

At street level, the peaked wrought iron entrance canopy is a reconstruction for the original. Its underside is inlaid with a bright marble sunburst that echoes the terrazzo sidewalk below. Floral and grapevine patterns decorate the open grillwork above the entrance. The lobby (currently closed to the public) exudes an atmosphere of unrestrained luxury. The room is graced with polished Benedict nickel fittings, elegant display cases and Gothic-style chandeliers in tones of gold and silver. The walls and floors of the lobby are clad in alternating bands of black and purple shades of antique marble and the twenty-foot lobby ceiling has a low bas relief pattern in plaster.

Photo by Laura Dominguez/L.A. Conservancy

Crossroads of the World

Completed in 1936, Crossroads of the World was one of the first outdoor shopping centers in the country.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Jordan High School

Boasting five structures from the school's earliest period, between 1925 and 1927, each seismically retrofitted and renovated with a unifying PWA Moderne style following the 1933 Long Beach earthquake.
Photo from L.A. Conservancy archives

Santa Anita Park

Santa Anita Park greatly contributed to the advancement of California's thoroughbred racing industry, though it would later become infamous as the site of the largest Assembly Center for Japanese American internment during World War II.