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Elegance comes to mind when entering the magnificent Oviatt Building, former headquarters of Alexander & Oviatt, haberdashers to Los Angeles’ upper crust and Hollywood stars during the early part of the last century. Soon after James Oviatt, the building's namesake, attended the 1925 Paris Exposition, he fell under the spell of Art Deco. He then directed architects Walker and Eisen to decorate the interior of their Italian Romanesque building accordingly.

All the building’s fixtures and furnishings were made in France, including 30 tons of Lalique glass for the lobby. Rene Lalique also designed the mallechort elevator doors, mailboxes and directories. But Oviatt didn’t stop there. His ten-room penthouse, complete with swimming pool and tennis court, was extravagantly appointed by celebrated Parisian design firm of Saddler et fils. The d?cor for this "castle in the air" included mahogany furniture covered with imported fabrics, geometric parquet wood floors and intricate carved wood paneled walls-perfect for entertaining Los Angeles’cr?me de la creme.

Location: 617 South Olive Street

Hours: Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm


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