Ninth and Broadway Building | Los Angeles Conservancy
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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.

Zenith Tower
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Zenith Tower

A distinctive Late Modern building that deserves a second look, Zenith Tower's architect, Maxwell Starkman, was one of the first combination architect-developers which put methods of production on equal footing with pure design.
Linde + Robinson Laboratory at Caltech
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Linde + Robinson Laboratory at Caltech

An elegant, monumental structure that uniquely blends elements of the Spanish Colonial Revival style with celestial and solar motifs, all remarkably rehabilitated and restored.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Pantages Theatre

The 1930 Pantages Theatre can hold claim to two “lasts”: the last movie palace to be built in Hollywood and the last venue erected by vaudeville circuit owner, Alexander Pantages. Designed by B. Marcus Priteca at the epitome of the Art Deco era, from sidewalk to stage, the Pantages dazzles theater-goers with chevrons, zigzags, starbrusts, and exotic figures.