Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Ninth and Broadway Building

Claud Beelman's 1930 Ninth and Broadway Building features a dramatic two-story entrance, recessed with heavy piers capped by a segmented arch. Above the doors proper, a second segmented arch serves as the base for elongated panel of filigree terra cotta ornament in a lush grapevine design.

The body of this thirteen-story steel reinforced-concrete office building is sheathed with tan-colored terry cotta textured to resemble stone. The massing rises vertically with only a few shallow setbacks near the roofline. The attic level of the building also has a slight series of setbacks with panels of grapevine designs set between the recessed strips of windows have an abstract geometric design.

The lobby of the building has been remodeled but still retains the original elevator doors and cabs. Also be sure to note the tiered metal grilles on either side of the entry. Retail shops currently operate on the ground floor level.

Photo by David Deng/L.A. Conservancy

Saks Fifth Avenue

Three major architects collaborated on the store's first SoCal location.