Perino's (Demolished) | Los Angeles Conservancy

Perino's (Demolished)

Noted architects Morgan, Walls, and Clements originally designed this building in the 1930s as a Thriftimart market. 

In 1950, Perino's restaurant moved to this location from 3927 Wilshire Boulevard. Architect Paul R. Williams transformed the building, giving it a graceful upswept mansard facade, a porte-cochere supported with wrought-iron flamingos, and a dignified and exquisite dining room.

Perino's became one of the city's most renowned restaurants. Proprietor Alex Perino demanded the freshest ingredients, catering to a cultured clientele in beautiful surroundings. Perino's was the scene of countless power lunches and hushed conversations between celebrities.

After attempts to revive the restaurant in 1986 failed, it was open only for private parties and filming. The restaurant was torn down in 2005 for apartments.

McDonald's Hamburgers
Photo from Conservancy archives

McDonald's Hamburgers

A Googie-style building designed to reveal the restaurant's innovative food preparation techniques, it is the oldest surviving McDonald's restaurant still in operation.
Photo courtesy El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument

América Tropical

This monumental mural by acclaimed artist and muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros was deemed too controversial and was whitewashed within a few short years of its unveiling.