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

Estrada Courts

Painted at the height of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, the Estrada Courts murals enlivened the 1942 garden apartment complex.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Jordan High School

Boasting five structures from the school's earliest period, between 1925 and 1927, each seismically retrofitted and renovated with a unifying PWA Moderne style following the 1933 Long Beach earthquake.
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.