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Architecture and West 7th Street in Downtown Los Angeles – Part 1

Apr 19, 2011 by Lisa Newton

If you’ve ever visited or work in downtown Los Angeles, I’m sure you’ve noticed the difference in many of the buildings. It’s a mixture of new high rises and old architectural wonders.

Although over the years, many of LA’s historic buildings have been destroyed, many are still here to be wondered at and marveled over.

Last week, I had the opportunity to take a look at a few of these historical buildings, all located on West 7th Street.

Let’s start at the corner of West 7th Street and Figueroa Avenue in Downtown LA:

It’s impossible to not notice 811 West 7th Street. In fact, the Fine Arts Building already caught my eye on one of my previous visits downtown for a story–you can read more about it here.

Across the street is 818 West 7th Street which is the former Barker Brothers Building. Built in 1925, this Beaux Arts Renaissance Revival style building was the main store for one of the largest home furnishings companies in the country.

In fact, according to Time Magazine, in 1945, Barker Brothers was the poster child for “The Los Angeles Spirit” which consisted of two things:

  1. A gaudy, glittery Hollywood veneer
  2. A loud, high-pressure sales technique

Although Barker Brothers is closed, the building remains. Originally designed by Curlett & Beelman, the building went through a total rejuvenation in 1989, when it was purchased by Harry Macklowe.

Now, the Barker Brothers building is a premiere office building and #356 on the Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmarks list.

At the next block, stands the 727 West 7th Street where the Roosevelt Building is located. It’s a twelve-story Beaux Arts Renaissance Revival structure, built in 1923, and again designed by Curlett & Beelman. While there, make sure to take a look at its grandiose archway.

In the 600 block of West 7th Street, is the former location of the original JW Robinson Department store. It was first built in 1915 and then subsequently remodeled in 1934 by Allison & Allison, two brothers who had designed many buildings around the Los Angeles area. Listed as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmark #357, this building is an important component of Los Angeles’ legacy.

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