The Mercury | Los Angeles Conservancy
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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.

Glendale Municipal Services Building
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Glendale Municipal Services Building

Lifted up on its graceful pilotis, the futuristic Municipal Services Building must have generated many passing glances from Glendale motorists when it opened almost forty years ago—and it remains a head-turner today.
Otis College of Art and Design
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Otis College of Art and Design

Originally IBM Aerospace Headquarters, the landmark Mid-Century Modern design was built for IBM to cater to the region's burgeoning aerospace industry.