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Largest in Southern Cal
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Streib, Art
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1949
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Designed in the Late Moderne style of the postwar period, with ceramic veneer exterior by Gladding, McBean & Co., the General Petroleum Building was built for $8,000,000 and was one of the first skyscrapers to employ a modular system throughout the entire structure. Aluminum fin sunshades from 3rd to 13th floor. Wurdeman & Becket also designed all interior details including furnishings, color schemes & fixtures. It was built between 1947-1949.
The new 13-story General Petroleum Building at 612 South Flower street is the largest office building in Southern California. Completed last month at a cost of $11,00,000, it is now in operation. Eight floors are occupied by home office of the corporation. Other floors are taken by 45 other companies. Photograph dated December 30, 1949.
1 photographic print :b&w ;24 x 20 cm. on sheet 26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 97.
General Petroleum Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Mobil Oil Corporation
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Petroleum industry and trade
Logos (Symbols)
Flower Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Wurdeman, Walter C
Becket, Welton
Gladding, McBean and Company

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