Wilshire Royale | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Wilshire Royale

Olive Philips, a Los Angeles leader of the anti-liquor Woman's Christian Temperance Union, had the upscale Arcady apartment-hotel built on the site of the Higgins mansion, which was moved down Wilshire to Windsor Square in 1924.

Philips took an apartment herself and advertised the Arcady for people who are accustomed to fine living. A 1928 ad for the Arcady in the Los Angeles Times described deluxe service with "all the work being taken care of by a thoroughly-trained crew of maids, butlers, housemen, pages, valets, laundresses and porters." Rates in 1930 were $5 a day and up for a room and $150 a month for apartments.

The building has since served as a Howard Johnson's hotel and Fifield Manor, a home for elderly members of the First Congregational Church at Lafayette Park.

It was recently renovated as the Wilshire Royale luxury apartments, with work that included relighting the celebrated rooftop neon signage.

Photo by Laura Dominguez/L.A. Conservancy

Japanese Hospital

Established during an era of discriminatory medical practices, the Japanese Hospital opened its doors to a diverse clientele in the wake of a landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Photo by Flora Chou/L.A. Conservancy

Odd Fellows Hall

From its construction in 1906 until 1981, The Lodge provided aid to sick, injured, aged, and dependent members of the community at a time when welfare and social security programs were nonexistent.