Fine Arts Building

The Fine Arts Building in Los Angeles, California can be found at 811 West 7th Street. The building is dated to 1927 and is considered the historic monument #125. The Fine Arts Building was created with Romanesque Revival architecture to tower over the city of Los Angeles when it was first built. The designers were Walker and Eisen. The building is actually 12 stories tall with a two story Spanish courtyard lobby with a bit of Renaissance style. There is a gallery mezzanine in the building.

The original reason for the building to be constructed was to provide a place for artisans to work. They could display their art such as bronzes and glass in the lobby for people to see and buy. The walls of the lobby were made with terracotta and tile to look like stone. The work was done by Batchelder Studios. Many of the figures represent painting, textile arts, architecture, and ceramics. It cost $150,000 for the interior decorations. There are also many bronze figures in the foyer and corridor by Burt Johnson. In 1983 the Fine Arts Building underwent a renovation in order to restore its natural wonder, with some changes made by the architecture firm.

Review, comment, or add new information about this topic:

Discuss Los Angeles, California (CA) on our hugely popular California forum. does not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of any information on this site.  Use at your own risk.
Some parts © 2023 Advameg, Inc.