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Los Angeles Times Building, Gordon B. Kaufmann 1934

Gordon B. Kaufmann (1888-1949) arrived in California in 1914, and established his early reputation with the designs for Scripps College between 1927 and 1930. His early designs were almost exclusively in the Mediterranean Revival style. In 1928, he completed the Athenaeum, a private club on the campus of California Institute of Technology.


Later in his career, Kaufmann's projects were primarily in the Moderne style; the Los Angeles Times Building is a perfect example. The building won a Gold Medal for Architecture at the 1937 Paris Exposition. The Globe Lobby features murals by Hugo Balin, who also painted the murals in the rotunda of the Griffith Park Observatory. Balin's work represent the Los Angeles of the 1930s in a profound way, and are collectively some of the finest murals in the west.


The Los Angeles Times Building is located at 220 W. First Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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Taken on April 28, 2014