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Wholesale Jewelry Mart
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Wholesale Jewelry Mart

One of the earliest Moderne projects by Claud Beelman, with his partner Alec Curlett, this eight-story structure combines Art Deco massing and setbacks with Gothic details. It was built as the fifth location of the Harris & Frank clothing company, founded in Los Angeles in 1855. The 1925 building was described in the Los Angeles Times at the time as "designed and constructed with reference to the especial needs of the business." The exterior, clad in beige terra cotta, consists of five bays that step back in three levels.

Although the street level has been altered, the upper stories retain their original design of recessed window bays separated by metal spandrels between stories. The vertical thrust, setbacks, and recessed windows are all hallmarks of the Art Deco style. Some of the Gothic elements of the building are the "arrow loops" (archery windows) that top the piers at the first setback, the gargoyle-like heads that cap the spandrels, the faces clad in armor which cap the vertical piers at the fifth story, and the pointed arches at the eighth story.

Westside Pavilion
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

Westside Pavilion

Designed to evoke the feeling of an open-air European shopping district, the Westside Pavilion was initially met with great resistance from local residents but has since become an integral part of the West L.A. landscape.
Photo by Flora Chou/L.A. Conservancy

Builders Exchange Building

The Builders Exchange Building was in fact built by the Builders Exchange and still stands today as a landmark of the Santa Ana historic district.