As a service to our readers, I should like to call attention to two buildings that are not long for this world. Here is one:
Stiles Clementsâ€™ Mullen & Bluett building, 1949, 5570 Wilshire, built in the Late Moderne, a style that typified the optimistic postwar building boom. Note the sexy geometric volumes and eyebrow canopy. Mullen & Bluett is a perfect example of the Miracle Mileâ€™s auto-oriented â€œlinear downtown,â€Â as Reyner Banham put it. Think Wayne McAllisterâ€™s Bobâ€™s Big Boy in Burbank or Wurdeman & Becketâ€™s Bullocks Pasadena. Legacy Partners of Irvine are razing this building and replacing it with a 197-unit apartment/retail thingy that resembles the lowest common denominator of faux-Miami Deco. (Their next project is enveloping the Art Deco Desmond’s tower in nine stories of apartments.) I say go check M&B’s roman brick & flagstone façade and copper beveled display windows while you still canâ€”itâ€™s too late to admire Clementsâ€™ 1936 masterpiece of streamline KEHE building, recently demolished by LAUSD, or his equally unbelievable Coulterâ€™s, once across the street.
This is the Bach Auricon Inc. building, 1954, 6900 block of Romaine at 900 block of Mansfield:
BA are incredibly important in the history of filmmaking, especially as regards TV newsreels and documentaries. Auricon was a semi-self-blimped single system that recorded optical or magnetic sound on film, allowing our cinema-verité pioneers to shoot with a lightweight, maneuverable, quiet camera. Logos for Modulite, Cine-Voice, Datasync and Filmagnetic are still on this building; rumors of its impending demolition abound. This is correct, original Old Hollywood in the way a thousand trips along our current Hollywood Boulevard can never be.
(A photographic addtion, in reference to the posted comment:)