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Edison Building, 601 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA



B&W Photos

HB121707
Exterior, Southeast Entrance Showing Fifth St

HB121708
Exterior, Southeast Corner View

HB121709
Exterior, South And East Fronts, Close-up

HB121710
Exterior, South Front


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Item Title


Location
601 West Fifth Street, Los%252525252525252525252525252BAngeles, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2151
Building/structure dates: 1929 initial construction
Significance: The building was designed by the prominent architectural firm of Allison and Allison. Opened on March 20, 1931, it was the first major all-electric heated and cooled building in the western United States. The building was built for Southern California Edison as its headquarters. The building is significant for combining innovative construction features and contemporary architectural treatments. In addition to the modern heating and cooling features, it was designed to be earthquake resistant. The architectural treatment of the pyramidal setback culminating in a tower is characteristic of "modern" buildings of the 1920's and 1930's. The interior contains representative work of several artists of prominence, including Hugo Ballin, Barse Miller, Conrad Buff, and E. Batchelder.

Subjects
Offices


Related Names
Allison & Allison


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. EXTERIOR, SOUTHEAST ENTRANCE SHOWING FIFTH ST. RETAINING WALL
2. EXTERIOR, SOUTHEAST CORNER VIEW
3. EXTERIOR, SOUTH AND EAST FRONTS, CLOSE-UP
4. EXTERIOR, SOUTH FRONT


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