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Douglas Building

 
 
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By Craig Baker, 2017
1. Douglas Building Marker
Inscription.  Classical Revival style. Reid Brothers, architect. Thomas Douglas Stimson, developer. Built 1899. Declared 2009, Historic-Cultural Monument No. 966, Cultural Heritage Commission, City of Los Angeles.
 
Erected 2009 by City of Los Angeles. (Marker Number 966.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1899.
 
Location. 34° 3.032′ N, 118° 14.814′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Spring Street and 3rd Street, on the right when traveling south on Spring Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 257 S Spring St, Los Angeles CA 90012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bradbury Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spring Street (about 400 feet away); Million Dollar Theatre / Grand Central Market (about 400 feet away); Biddy Mason
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By Craig Baker, October 10, 2021
2. Douglas Building Marker
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(about 500 feet away); Historical Site (about 600 feet away); St. Vibiana’s Cathedral (about 700 feet away); Woody Guthrie (approx. 0.2 miles away); Angels Flight (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
Regarding Douglas Building. Commissioned by T.D. Stimson, a lumber baron turned real estate mogul who fostered commercial development in Los Angeles during the 1890s. The five-story building was designed by San Francisco architects James and Merritt Reid, who gained fame for designing the remarkable Hotel del Coronado near San Diego in 1888.
The Douglas Building was Los Angeles’ greatest office building and commanded the highest rentals. In its early years, it housed the chief ticket office of the Southern Pacific Railroad. During that time many travelers passed through its doors to purchase a ticket.
In 2005, this former office block was renovated into 50 residential units.
 
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By Craig Baker, October 10, 2021
3. Douglas Building
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By Craig Baker, 2017
4. Douglas Building
The marker is to the right of the door facing Spring Street.
Mural, Behind the Building image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 10, 2021
5. Mural, Behind the Building
“The Pope of Broadway” depicts movie star Anthony Quinn as he danced between scenes for the 1971 TV series “The Man and the City” about a Hispanic mayor of a large city. It was painted on the side of the Victor Clothing Building in 1985 by Eloy Torrez, who restored it in 2016.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on August 3, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   2, 3. submitted on October 11, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   4. submitted on August 3, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   5. submitted on October 11, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.

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