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Mobil Oil Building
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection
Morris, Ralph
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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This collection includes approximately 40,000 photographs by commercial photographer Ralph Morris, who worked in the Los Angeles area from 1939-1981. His advertising and industrial clients included department stores, restaurants, the automobile and petroleum industries as well as business executives. Also included is the Luckhaus Studio collection of architecture, fashion, the movie industry, sports and street scenes, images which Morris obtained in 1939.
Mobil Oil Building downtown Los Angeles. On the lower part of the building it is listed as the General Petroleum Building. Style is Late Moderne style of postwar period with ceramic veneer exterior by Gladding McBean & Co. Built between 1947 and 1949 for $8,000,000, it 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.
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
Ralph Morris Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection
L.A.-Buildings-Mobil Oil Building; S-004-580.2 4x5
Mobil Oil Company
Mobil Oil Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
General Petroleum Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wurdeman, Walter C
Becket, Welton
Gladding, McBean and Company

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