The Stuart Building | Los Angeles Conservancy
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The Stuart Building

Architect Edward Durell Stone designed this sleek Neo-Formalist plant and office complex for Stuart Pharmaceuticals. As an architect, Stone was known for his progressive integration of classical elements with the modern vernacular to attain a timeless, eternal quality, eschewing to some extent the trends of the time. 

This building in particular was noted for its milky-white Persian inspired screening, reflecting pools and fountains, light-filled atrium, and other elegant details. The style became much emulated in Southern California and beyond, and the building was cited as a prime example that industrial architecture could be attractive and appealing, as well as cost-effective.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected it as one of the five best designs of the year, and awarded it the National First Honor Award. The site’s landscaping was designed by influential modernist landscape architect Thomas Church.

In 2011, the partially demolished complex was given a second life when preservation architect Robert Chattel was enlisted to readapt the remaining building and incorporate it into an apartment and performing arts center designed by Architects Orange.

Now serving as a theatre space and the apartment’s common area, the building has retained historic fabric including landscaping, lighting, and the original pool.

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Glendale County Building

The 1959 building's modern design has long been recognized as an important example of mid-century office design and incorporates contrasting materials and forms as well as significant interior elements
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Constructed largely of redwood and glass supported by red brick and concrete, the Schaffer House by John Lautner feels like a newly pitched tent or a wood cabin that provides shelter and privacy without boxing out nature.