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Photo by Larry Underhill

Often overlooked today, this two-story structure was once quite striking, with vertical stripes of green and black terra cotta. It originally housed the Western Auto Supply Company and a "Pay'n Takit" market, whose sign boasted "Something Saved on Everything."

In 1952, Welton Becket and Associates temporarily moved its drafting offices from the building's first floor and donated the space for a traveling exhibition of works by Henri Matisse.

The retrospective of thirty-six paintings, nine sculptures, and four drawings included fifteen pieces on loan from the artist himself and several on loan from actor and art collector Edward G. Robinson. The exhibition would have ended its national tour in San Francisco if not for the generous underwriting and cajoling of a few Angelenos.

Despite Los Angeles' then-reputation as somewhat uncultured, thousands paid a fifty-cent fee to view the retrospective. By the end of the exhibition, Los Angeles appeared ready for its own, distinct art museum.

The same year saw the creation of the The Art Museum Council, which a decade later would support LACMA, founded only a few blocks away from Matisse's introduction to Los Angeles.

Photo by Tony Hoffarth on Flickr


With its exaggerated rooflines, tall windows, and eye-catching signage, this quintessential Googie coffee shop, in continuous operation since its opening, was designed by Taliesin-trained Harry Harrison.
Maycrest Bungalows, 2013. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Maycrest Bungalows

Blending the Tudor Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival styles, El Sereno's Maycrest Bungalows represent an increasingly rare property type.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Mole-Richardson Studio Depot (Demolished)

A prominent fixture along the La Brea Avenue commercial corridor, the Mole-Richardson Studio Depot featured a proportionate blending of Zigzag and Classical Moderne detailing.