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Capitol Records Building

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Identification

Capitol Records Building
Capitol Records Tower, Capitol Tower
116599

Map

Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
white
futurism

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • World's first circular office building.
  • It is a myth that the building was designed to resemble a stack of records topped with a stylus.
  • The building's southern base displays a large mural called "Hollywood Jazz," celebrating such artists as Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole.
  • Studio A in this building was inaugurated on February 22, 1956 by Frank Sinatra, recording the instrumental album "Tone Poems of Color."
  • The recording studio is renowned for its acoustics. Artists who have used it include Judy Garland, Nat "King" Cole, and the Beach Boys.
  • The tip of the spire at night blinks out the words "Hollywood" in Morse code since it was lit in 1956.
  • The Morse code message was changed once, in 1992 to "Capitol 50," to commemorate Capitol Records' 50th anniversary.
  • Two music superstars have their "Walk of Fame" stars in front of the building: John Lennon and Garth Brooks.

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Location

1740-1750 Vine Street
1750 Vine Street
90028
Hollywood
Los Angeles
California
U.S.A.

Technical Data

172.30 ft
13
1954
1956

Involved Companies

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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