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Lou Ehlers Cadillac
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Lou Ehlers Cadillac (Demolished)

Opened in 1955, the Lou Ehlers showroom was designed by the noted firm of Stiles O. Clements & Associates. Floor-to-ceiling plate glass windows gave passing motorists and pedestrians unobstructed views of the showroom floor, while the use of Cadillac's logo for immense script signage on the building's exterior attracted customers from afar. The building was one of the three most significant postwar auto showrooms remaining in Los Angeles, along with Casa de Cadillac in Sherman Oaks and Felix Chevrolet near the University of Southern California's University Park campus. Despite intensive advocacy efforts to save it, the dealership was demolished in 2008.

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Reynolds Buick

Designed by William Garwood, the dealership features concrete block façades dominated by the showroom, a protruding volume of floor-to-ceiling glass windows. An overhanging steel roof supported by exaggerated, almost Googie-style trusses shelters the whole building in style.
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Blaisdell Medical Building

With its emphasis on integrated landscaping and large expanses of glass, Blaisdell cemented the architect's signature style of making even commercial properties feel warm and down to earth.
Wilshire Terrace Co-Op
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Wilshire Terrace Co-Op

Marking a new era in Wilshire Boulevard development, Wilshire Terrace Co-Op was designed to put the single-family "California way of living" into a high-rise context.