Eastern Columbia Building

Broadway, North of 9th Street

This distinctive building, a former department store, is barely visible on the left, in this 1930s postcard representation of Broadway as "whiteway." The building is one of the few that pierced the 150 foot height limit in effect in Los Angeles until the late 1950s. It is one of the major Art Deco Moderne buildings from the 1920s. A great Art Deco building that did not survive the wrecking ball was the black and gold Atlantic Richfield Building. The Eastern Columbia Building has now been converted into lofts, including a pool on its rooftop, overlooked by the building's clock tower.

PHOTOS: J. Mapes