Universal Care Medical & Dental Building | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Universal Care Medical & Dental Building

Completed in 1967, the Late Moderne building at 1111 W. 6th Street was originally constructed in the Westlake neighborhood for the California Teachers Association. Today, it houses medical and dental offices. 

The symmetrical, four-story building features strong horizontal orientation, with continuous bands of steel-sash windows on the primary and rear elevations juxtaposed against smooth, unadorned stucco surfaces. The windows are “punched” into the walls with flat, projecting frames delineating each of the floors.

The linear composition of the building contrasts with the curved, one-story concrete wall positioned in front of the primary elevation, which is articulated with a stylized geometric relief. The ground floor features transparent glass windows and doors, as well as narrow concrete piers.

Noted architectural firm Kistner, Wright & Wright designed the building, as well as its neighbor at 1125 W. 6th Street. Though based in San Diego, the firm was responsible for a number of mid-century modern projects in Southern California, including Cerritos College (1961), the Peck-Norman Building (1965), and the Norwalk Civic Center (1965). 

Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Union Bank Square

The tallest building in the city when it was completed in 1967, the Union Bank Square's forty story tower was an important step forward for the redevelopment of the Bunker Hill area. The great Garrett Eckbo designed the landscaped plaza at the tower's base.