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Los Angeles, CA Bullock's Wilshire Department Store

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Bullocks Wilshire was first just going to be a new branch for the downtown Bullock's Department Store. It quickly transformed into the most high-end department store in Los Angeles and ultimately became its own high-end chain. Death came knocking in the late 1980s when department store shares turned into junk bonds. Bullocks Wilshire was ultimately acquired by Macy's (pre-Federated) and changed into I. Magnin (which also ultimately died). This store closed in 1993. It was acquired by the Southwestern Law School in 1994. In one of the greatest adaptive reuses in department store history it was transformed into classrooms, office space, and a library. All keeping the original details and ornament. Here's to Southwestern!!

The store was designed by John and Donald Parkinson (they designed most of the architecturally significant buildings in the city); it was completed in 1929. The tower tops out at 241 f eet.

The building is not truly open to architectural tourists but if you're nice enough they don't mind you going in to see the more public spaces. (And I got a coffee cup with an image of the department store!!).

On the National Register #78000685.

Hypno+Raygun, Tortuga One, and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Hypno+Raygun 70 months ago | reply

    VERY Nice shot here! Great photo!

  2. Harpo42 70 months ago | reply

    Great shot and amazing structure! I love the story behind it!

  3. army.arch 70 months ago | reply

    Thanks guys!

  4. courthouselover 70 months ago | reply

    Very impressive, that's a great idea for such buildings as these. I wish that more older structures met fates like this.

  5. Marckymarc 60 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Vintage Los Angeles, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  6. Bowers90255 48 months ago | reply

    I wonder if the same guy did the Sears bldg. on Olympic & Soto....looks very similar (in my pics)

  7. army.arch 48 months ago | reply

    The Sears warehouses seem to be fairly standard across the country. I've never looked up their architects before.

  8. Patricksmercy 47 months ago | reply

    "Bullocks Wilshire, the stately, 70-year-old specialty fashion chain with the landmark Art Deco flagship store in Los Angeles' Mid-Wilshire district, will be renamed I. Magnin on Feb. 1, owner R. H. Macy & Co. said Wednesday. In addition, the 1928 Bullocks Wilshire building, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, will undergo a multimillion-dollar restoration beginning next spring. The store will be known as I. Magnin/Wilshire. Macy's, which bought I. Magnin and Bullocks Wilshire along with the Bullock's department stores in May, 1988, emphasized in a prepared statement that the Bullock's name "will not be changed, nor is there any intent to do so in the future." In the past, the big New York retailer has put the Macy's moniker on other regional chains it has purchased in the Northeast and Southeast" -LATimes article Oct 05 1989

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