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The Mercury

J. Paul Getty fulfilled his dream to create a landmark building at the corner of Wilshire and Western with this twenty-two-story tower, which faces (and dwarfs) the iconic Wiltern Theatre and Pellissier Building.

The building's vertical columns of white marble and glass, architect Claud Beelman's signature statement of Los Angeles corporate modernism, aptly expressed the stolid and stalwart sensibilities of the industries the tower housed.

When the building opened, Union Bank was the primary tenant; later, Getty Oil Company made the building its headquarters.

After sitting mostly vacant for over a decade, the building was converted into condominiums and reopened as The Mercury in 2007.

Taix in 2019. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy.


First opened in 1927, Taix has been at its present Sunset Boulevard location since 1962. In May 2020, a new project was unveiled publicly that calls for the demolition of the Taix building and redevelopment of the site.
Chase Bank
Photo by Tom Davies

Chase Bank, Glendale

A beautiful example of a Modern style that truly glorifies its surroundings and a good reminder of the architectural aspirations many banks embraced during the postwar period.
Paul's Kitchen in 2019. Photo by M. Rosalind Sagara/L.A. Conservancy.

Paul's Kitchen

Paul's Kitchen is one of the oldest continuously operating Chinese restaurants in Los Angeles.