Title supplied by cataloger. The Sears, Roebuck & Company Mail Order Building, located in Boyle Heights, was built in 1927 as a distribution center for the company's mail order department. It was designed in the Art Deco style by the architectural firm of George Nimmens Company and was constructed by Scofield Engineering-Construction Company in record-breaking time: a mere 6 months, at a cost of $5,000,000. On completion, the building had nine stories and a basement, a 226-foot Art Deco tower, and a total floor area of approximately 11 acres. The Sears building was one of the largest in Los Angeles, and it attracted more than 100,000 visitors in the first month of operation. In May of 1991 after 64 years of operation, Sears announced that it would close its regional distribution center in Boyle Heights, and its doors were officially closed in January 1992 - eliminating 585 full-time, and 775 part-time jobs. Considered to be one of the iconic landmarks of LA's Eastside, it has been the subject of several renovation proposals since the mid-1990s. The Boyle Heights Sears building was designated Historic-Cultural Monument #788 in August 2004, and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 21, 2006 - #05001407. View of the 9-story Art Deco Sears store located at 2650 E. Olympic Boulevard and Soto Street in Boyle Heights. It is one of nine mail order retail centers built in the country between 1910 and 1930. A number of cars are parked along Olympic Blvd as well as in the parking lot visible in the forefront. Photograph dated: November 1989.
1 photographic print :b&w ;9 x 13 cm. Photographic prints
Sears, Roebuck and Company Art deco (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments Department stores--California--Boyle Heights (Los Angeles) Boyle Heights (Los Angeles, Calif.) Scofield Engineering-Construction Company George Nimmens Company