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Bullocks Wilshire

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Identification

Bullocks Wilshire
Southwestern Law School, Southwestern University School of Law, Bullocks Department Store, Bullock's Wilshire
116414

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
art deco

Usages

university
library

Facts

  • Bullocks Wilshire is regarded as one of the finest Art Deco buildings in the U.S.
  • The building was one of America's first suburban department stores and was the first designed with the car in mind.
  • In 2000, Bullocks Wilshire garnered a National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust.
  • Dubbed at the "Cathedral of Commerce" at its opening. Largest store building of the Art Deco period with most of its original architectural details preserved.
  • Engraved above the main entrance is the phrase: "To build a business that will never know completion".
  • Bullocks Wilshire was built to 241 feet at a time when LA had a strict 150 foot maximum height restriction.
  • Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1978.
  • Bullocks Wilshire was built for John J. Bullock, founder of the exclusive Bullocks Wilshire Department stores; clients who visited the store included Mae West, Alfred Hitchcock, John Wayne, Greta Garbo and Clark Gable.
  • Given Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #56 designation in 1969.
  • A variety of materials used in the building's construction include: Glazed tan terra cotta on most of the exterior, green patina copper on the tower and spandrels, and black granite on the base.
  • The building was purchased by the Southwestern University School of Law in 1994 who restored it to its former glory.
  • The building opened just before the stock market crash of 1929.
  • The building houses over 365,000 volumes for the new library of the Southwestern University Law School.

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Location

3050 Wilshire Boulevard
650 South Westmoreland Avenue, 651 Wilshire Place
3050 Wilshire Boulevard
90010
Wilshire
Los Angeles
California
U.S.A.

Technical Data

241.00 ft
16.00 ft
11
1
1929
1999
600

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Features & Amenities

  • City landmark
  • National landmark
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