The Tinder Box | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Jacques Garnier

The Tinder Box

The Tinder Box was founded in 1928 by Ed Kolpin, Jr. as a purveyor of fine pipes and assorted tobacco products.

This small structure was built in 1951 as the shop's new home and was designed to evoke an Olde English theme.

Successful business led to the franchising of the Tinder Box, though this location split off from the chain in 1969 and remains the original operation.

The neon pole sign, erected in 1953, has become an iconic feature of the Wilshire streetscape in Santa Monica.

Photo by Linda Dishman/L.A. Conservancy

The Stuart Building

With elegant screening, reflecting pools and fountains, and other details, this building demonstrated that industrial architecture could be attractive and appealing, as well as cost-effective.