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Fine Arts Building

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Identification

Fine Arts Building
Signal Oil Building, 811 West 7th Building
116427

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
romanesque revival

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Original plans called for the building face to be constructed in stone, but terra-cotta was ultimately chosen as it would allow for more intricate ornamentation.
  • The building's exterior was patterned after early Christian churches.
  • The interior bronze sculptures and massive exterior sculptures were designed by Burt Johnson.
  • In 1974 the City of Los Angeles declared the building Historic Cultural Monument No. 125.
  • The Fine Arts Bulding experienced several name changes under different ownership, but was finally renamed the Fine Arts Building in 1982 by Wayne Ratkovich and Don E. Bowers.
  • The building was originally constructed as a cultural mecca for Los Angeles with most of the levels reserved for artist studios, artisan workshops, and dealer showrooms.
  • The building features an elaborate two-story lobby of moulded terra-cotta and colored tile with a fountain surrounded by sculptured figures and seventeen bronze showcases.

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Location

807-815 West 7th Street
811 West 7th Street
90021
Central City
Los Angeles
California
U.S.A.

Technical Data

150.00 ft
12
1
1927
1983

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Features & Amenities

  • City landmark
  • National landmark
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