I love all of the old buildings in downtown LA, particularly the Eastern Columbia building, built in 1929, 264′, 13 stories high in the Broadway Theater District and according to Wikipedia is considered by many to be the most beautiful of Los Angeles’s historic buildings, as well as its finest surviving example of Art Deco architecture following the 1969 destruction of Richfield Tower.
The Eastern Columbia Building was designed by Claud Beelman and opened on September 12, 1930, after just nine months of construction. It was built as the new headquarters of the Eastern Outfitting Company and the Columbia Outfitting Company, furniture and clothing stores. With the construction of this lavish structure, the companies could also boast one of the largest buildings constructed in the 1930s.
I’m not sure what the thoughts were when Claud built the building and it became a popular department store, but it is very clear what it is now. An iconic building that has withstood the test of time. A building that has a legacy.
When I see old buildings like this, it makes me think about what my own legacy will be. How about you?