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Wilshire Professional Building

The thirteen-story Wilshire Professional Building at the corner of Wilshire and St. Andrews is a good example of 1920s Art Deco architecture that brought attention to the boulevard.

Its Zigzag Moderne tower steps back, affording good views and ensuring that even if another tall building was built next door, sunlight, breezes, and views would not be too hindered.

While the building was intended mainly for doctors and dentists, it also housed the office of its architect, Arthur E. Harvey.

Even the sidewalk received special attention. The Portland Cement Company poured a custom terrazzo pattern in front of the entrance, which still exists.

Photo by Michael Smith on Flickr

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