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Los Angeles Jewelry Center

A February 2, 1930 article in the Los Angeles Times announced that the soon-to-be constructed Sun Realty Building would "follow the modern trend of architecture with an exterior of colored terra cotta." Indeed, fluted terra cotta piers, sheathed in a brilliant blue-green, rise continuously fourteen stories to the roofline before tapering to a crown of bronze ornament. In recessed panels between the piers, the building's metal sash windows alternate with bronze spandrels covered with stylized patterns. At the fourth floor, the center portion of the façade is set back one bay, providing for both corner office space and better air circulation.

Architect Claud Beelman also designed the 1929 Garfield Building, the Ninth and Broadway Building, and the spectacular 1930 Eastern Columbia Building. At the time of its construction, the lobby was outfitted with a marble floor and decorative plaster ceiling. However, these elements, along with the steam heating system, and three high-speed elevators, were removed or upgraded in a 1970s remodel. A few original fittings remain including the original Art Deco elevator doors with their abstract nature scenes and the rear door which has a similar design. The building is now known as the Los Angeles Jewelry Center.

Photo by Michael Locke

Roxie Theatre

The 1931 Roxie Theatre was the last theatre built on Broadway. The Roxie, noted for its stepped roofline, tower, decorative chevrons, and highly stylized geometric forms, was the only theatre downtown built in the Art Deco architectural style.
Ethel Percy Andrus Theatre at Lincoln High School. Photo by Rosalind Sagara/L.A. Conservancy

Lincoln High School

Lincoln High played a key role in the East L.A. Chicano Student Walkouts (Blowouts) of March 1968.