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Orpheum Theatre and Loft Building

This opulent theatre and twelve-story office building were built as the fourth and final home of the famed Orpheum vaudeville circuit in Los Angeles.

The intricately detailed Beaux Arts façade is clad in gray terra cotta and features winged helmets and a series of griffins along the cornice. Prominent signage includes the original electric rooftop sign illuminated by incandescent bulbs, a neon blade sign dating from the 1930s, and the 1941 theatre marquee.

The theatre’s grand French interior is lavishly appointed and includes a two-story foyer with marble-clad walls. The auditorium features cast plaster detailing, stained-glass rosettes, and two immense chandeliers suspended from the gilded ceiling. The basement lounge is more restrained, with dark-stained wood paneling, a mock fireplace, and a tile floor.

In 2001, the Orpheum underwent a $3 million renovation that upgraded production capabilities and audience amenities while cleaning and restoring the theatre’s historic elements. The upper floors of the former office building were converted into live/work spaces.

The Conservancy holds an exceptionally detailed easement on the building that includes the exterior and historic signage, interior features of the loft building’s entrance lobby and upper floor hallways, and interior features and finishes throughout the theatre.

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Gemini G.E.L.

While many of Gehry's designs appear to be as much sculptures as structures, The Gemini G.E.L. (Graphics Editions Limited) building fits squarely into the latter category.
Photo by Flora Chou/L.A. Conservancy

National Bank of Whittier Building

Clad in glazed terra cotta with classically inspired detailing and leaded-glass transoms, this six-story building by father-and-son architects John and Donald B. Parkinson exemplifies the Beaux Arts style.