Built in 1903 as Los Angeles' first high-rise structure, the Continental Building is located at 408 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA. It comprises of 12 floors and stands 174 feet high. Soon after completion, the L.A. City Council enacted a height limit of 150 foot for any future buildings.
As part of the Spring Street Financial District, the Continental Building is one of 23 financial structures and three hotels in the historic Downtown Los Angeles district. The entire area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In the first half of the 20th Century, the area housed important banks and financial institutions and was sometimes referred to as the "Wall Street of the West." The Los Angeles Conservancy offers a 2 ½ hour walking tour of the district every fourth Saturday of the month.
The district's enduring lure is the Beaux Arts architecture. Many of the facades along Spring Street remain intact; a perfect backdrop for film and television productions looking for authentic cityscapes.
The Spring Street District is just three miles south of Dodger Stadium and eight miles south of Hollywood. It is six miles to the east of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Page Museum featuring the La Brea Tar Pits.
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