Wilshire Tower | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Wilshire Tower

The first Art Deco landmark tower built on the Miracle Mile was designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, architect for the spectacular Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park, the North Rim lodge at the Grand Canyon, and the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.

He crafted an eight-story Zigzag Moderne rectangle of offices that vaulted skyward from a wide Streamline Moderne base, a striking and optimistic structure that helped set the architectural standard for Wilshire Boulevard.

The lobby featured fourteen-karat gold ceiling detailing; the sidewalk display windows were trimmed in rich black and red granite. Doctors and dentists snapped up the upper floors, while downtown stores Desmond's and Silverwoods took the wings on the ground floors.

Tiki-Ti in 2017. Photo by M. Rosalind Sagara/L.A. Conservancy.

Tiki-Ti

Filipino immigrant Ray Buhen opened this iconic tiki bar on Sunset Boulevard in 1961; the Buhen family continues to operate the bar today.
Photo courtesy of Big Orange Landmarks

Shrine Auditorium

The Shrine Auditorium and its adjoining Shrine Expo Center were designed by architects John C. Austin and Abram M. Edelman with interiors by noted theatre architect G. Albert Lansburgh in a Moorish Revival style. When it opened in 1926 with over 6,700 seats, the Shrine was the largest theatre in the United States. It is still the largest proscenium arch stage in North America.