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5th and Olive streets
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1920
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Original photographic print is out of focus.
The Pacific Mutual Building, located at 523 W. 6th Street, is actually three interconnected buildings built between 1908 and 1929. The original structure was designed and built between 1908-1912 by John Parkinson and Edwin Bergstrom. Since then, it has undergone many changes: the North Side addition was built in 1916 by William J. Dodd; a twelve-story structure was built in 1921 by William J. Dodd and his associate William Richards; the Garage Building was added in 1926 by Schultze and Weaver; and the West Side addition, designed by Parkinson and Parkinson, was erected in 1929 by Scofield-Twaits Company. It underwent Moderne remodeling in 1936 by Parkinson and Parkinson; and in 1974, the building underwent an extensive restoration by Wendell Mounce and Associates, with Bond and Steward, which brought back its original Beaux Arts revival style; finally, the entire building was renovated again by the Westgroup, Inc. in 1985. The Pacific Mutual Building is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #398.
Looking southwest from over Pershing Square, showing the Pacific Mutual Building (left), the beginnings of the Biltmore Hotel middle distance, and the Normal School in the distance.
1 photographic print :b&w
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Views, Panoramic-Central City-1900-1949
Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Pacific Life Insurance Company
State Normal School, Los Angeles (Calif.)
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Commercial buildings--California--Los Angeles
Parks--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Teachers colleges--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Cityscape photographs
Parkinson, John,1861-1935
Bergstrom, G. E.(George Edwin),1876-1955
Pershing Square (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Olive Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Fifth Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Time Period

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