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General Petroleum Building
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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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.
Exterior view of the General Petroleum Building, located at Flower Street (left) and Wilshire Boulevard (right).
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Buildings-General Petroleum Building.; A-010-940 4x5
General Petroleum Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Wurdeman, Walter C
Becket, Welton
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Flower Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Gladding, McBean and Company

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