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.