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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 Poster Neutra apartments by Richard Neutra
Photo by Larry Underhill

The Poster Neutra

This rare example of multi-family housing designed by Richard Neutra received a Conservancy Preservation Award in 2007.
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

Sheats Apartments

Completed in 1949, the building was designed by master architect John Lautner as eight units of student housing. Asymmetrically arranged shapes, from circular volumes to long, flat planes, step up the hill and around each other to form a strangely harmonious, abstractly futuristic, and truly organic-feeling whole.