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 Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Second Baptist Church

Designed by Paul R. Williams, the Second Baptist Church has been an anchor in South Los Angeles' African American community for decades.
Metro 417
Photo by Floyd Bariscale

Metro 417

Designed in the Beaux Arts style with Italian Renaissance ornamentation, this 1926 building has dual entrances, one to the offices above, and one to a concourse that served the city's early subway.