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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.

The Forum exterior night photo
Photo by Michael E. Stern; courtesy the Forum

The Forum

The "Fabulous" Forum thrives once again as a high-end entertainment venue.
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Equitable Plaza

Completed the year of Welton Becket's death, this was the 25th major building on Wilshire designed by his firm.