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Lobby, Design Center of Los Angeles, view 14
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Moore, Cary
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1990
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The Title Insurance & Trust Company Building was designed by architects John and Donald Parkinson, and was built by the Scofield Engineering-Construction Company, in 1928. The ten-story, Zig-Zag Moderne style building, has an Art Deco marble lobby, which includes murals by Hugo Ballin. In 1979, architect-developer Ragnar C. Qvale acquired the building and converted it into the Design Center of Los Angeles. "The Queen of Spring Street", as it came to be known, was leased in 1981 to wholesale household furniture showrooms. In 1987, this historic building was once again leased, and became the temporary home of the Los Angeles Public Library, during the latter's reconstruction of its original building after its devastating fire. The Title Insurance & Trust Company Building was designated Historic Cultural Landmark #385.
View 14: Librarian Pat Kiefer, Library Assistant Teresa Gonzalez, and Library Clerk Maria Novelo can be seen behind the check-in/check-out desk, as several library patrons wait their turn in line. Herman Sachs decorated the Art Deco lobby, with mosaic panels above the entrance and murals by Hugo Ballin. Note the beautiful floors and elaborate elevator doors. When this photograph was taken, the Los Angeles Public Library was housed in the Design Center of Los Angeles, formerly the Title Insurance & Trust Company Building, located at 433 S. Spring Street.
1 photographic print :b&w ;17 x 25 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Cary Moore Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
GPC_b117_f001; S-000-232.14 35mm
Los Angeles Public Library
Title Insurance Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Library buildings--California--Los Angeles
Library users--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Parkinson, Donald B.(Donald Berthold),1895-1945
Parkinson, John,1861-1935
Ballin, Hugo,1879-1956
Sachs, Herman
Qvale, Ragnar C
Scofield Engineering-Construction Company

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