Kidney Center of Los Angeles | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Kidney Center of Los Angeles

Completed in 1955, the building at 1125 W. 6th Street is an excellent and rare example of Late Moderne commercial architecture in Los Angeles' Westlake neighborhood. Today, it operates as a medical facility. 

The sleek five-story building features metal horizontal ribbon windows on its primary and rear elevations. The windows on the rear (north) façade wrap around the corners of the west and east elevations. The asymmetrical, recessed entrance features a low-rise canopy, which is supported by narrow concrete piers. A one-story addition was later constructed near the primary entrance. 

Noted architectural firm Kistner, Wright & Wright designed the building, as well as its neighbor at 1111 W. 6th Street. Though based in San Diego, the firm's Los Angeles office was housed in the building during the 1960s.

Kistner, Wright & Wright was responsible for a number of mid-century modern projects in Southern California, including Cerritos College (1961), the Peck-Norman Building (1965), and the Norwalk Civic Center (1965). Theodore C. Kistner, a partner in the firm along with H.F. Wright and W.T. Wright, was also the official architect for the San Diego School Board and designed two Carnegie libraries in Chula Vista and East San Diego. 

Morris Studio
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Morris Studio

The perfect melding of industrial engineering principles and the more organic, subtle concepts of space and flow. Few Modern designs can match it for sheer dynamism and charisma.
Don Lee Mutual Broadcast Building
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Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study

Architecturally self-assured, unmistakably modern, and undeniably Hollywood, upon its completion in 1948 the former Don Lee Mutual Broadcast Building was the then-largest studio built for simultaneous television and radio transmission.