"Monkey" Building | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Larry Underhill

"Monkey" Building

This is perhaps the finest surviving example of Stiles Clements' Churrigueresque-style architecture on the boulevard.

Originally designed with artist studios above and commercial space below, this fanciful building is decorated with ornate plasterwork concealing lovely maidens and playful monkeys (near the windows and doorways on Berendo).

It has been occupied through the years by Chanel, a Helena Rubenstein salon, other fine shops, and art schools and studios.

Exterior of The Trust Building. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

The Trust Building

When the Title Insurance and Trust Building opened it was called the “Queen of Spring Street” due to its great size. In 2020 it reopens as The Trust Building following a full rehabilitation.
Belmont High School. Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Belmont High School

Belmont High School garnered national attention for the role it, along with four other Los Angeles high schools, played in the East L.A. Chicano Student Walkouts (Blowouts) of March 1968. In the 1990s, Belmont High was one of the nation's largest schools with over 5,000 students.
Golden Gate Theatre
Photo by Chattel Architecture Planning and Preservation, Inc.

CVS/Golden Gate Theatre

The former Golden Gate Theatre is one of a handful of neighborhood movie palaces remaining in Southern California and the first East Los Angeles building listed in the National Register of Historic Places.