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 Welton Becket & Associates, Architects - Los Angeles Architecture - Capitol Records Building - LA 205a - Ted VanCleave

 

LA 205a

Capitol Records, Los Angeles, CA
1750 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA

Welton Becket & Associates, Architects
Louis Naidorf, Designer

Southern California's most recognizable office building and Hollywood's most spectacular Mid-Century Modern icon was the world's first circular office building.  The earthquake resistant reinforced concrete structure was the first fully air conditioned office building.  Sunshades of porcelain enamel, a trademark of Becket buildings, protect the building from receiving too much sun and glare.  The underground recording studios were the first ever built for high fidelity.  On the roof, the beacon at the tip of the 90-foot aluminum spire blinks out H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D in Morse code.  Each December the spire supports Hollywood's tallest Christmas tree.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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