Bullocks Wilshire Building, Los Angeles

Bullocks Wilshire, located at 3050 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, is a 230000sqft Art Deco building. The building was completed in 1929 as a luxury department store for owner John G. Bullock (owner of the more mainstream Bullock's in Downtown Los Angeles).
DesignThe building was designed by Los Angeles architects John and Donald Parkinson; the interior design was by Eleanor Lemaire and Jock Peters of the Feil & Paradise Company; the ceiling mural of the porte-cochère was painted by Herman Sachs.
ExteriorThe exterior is notable for its 241ft tower whose top is sheathed in copper, tarnished green. At one time, the tower peak had a light that could be seen for miles around. Bullocks Wilshire's innovation was that it was one of the first department stores in Los Angeles to cater to the burgeoning automobile culture. It was located in a then-mostly residential district, its objective to attract shoppers who wanted a closer place to shop than Downtown Los Angeles. Traditional display windows faced the sidewalk, but they were decorated to catch the eyes of motorists. Since most customers would arrive by vehicle, the most appealing entrance was placed in the rear. Under the city's first department store porte cochere, valets in livery welcomed patrons and parked their cars.
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  • This is one of the most gorgeous Art Deco gems in the city and I just had the pleasure of attending an open house that happens only once a year! I love that I'm able to explore the entire building...  more »
  • This is one of the art deco wonders in Los Angeles. It has been carefully and wonderfully restored by Southwestern Law School and is an excellent example of adaptive reuse- from a department store to....  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful buildings in LA! Highly recommend taking a tour when the chance arises. The restored interior is just as stunning as the exterior. Such a stunning Art Deco building.
  • This building is amazing (obvi). The tour just reinforced my love of Art Deco. If you have the opportunity to see this building up close, take it! The murals are beautiful and make sure to look at the clocks. Each clock is different and unique.

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