It is a rare instance to come upon an abandoned building in Los Angeles that has not been scrapped and gutted, left with none of its original character, much less previous signs of life.
With much patience and a pittance of luck, we came upon a 1913 Beaux Arts tower that still housed plenty of treasures inside. Although the remains pointed to the late ’60s or early ’70s, it was enough to get us excited.
Down the eerily stale hallways were the biggest character pieces: solid mahogany detective-fashioned doors. Most of the glass panes had been shattered, but throughout the 9 floors the gold painted titles pointed to an array of professionals, most of them medical. Doctors, dentists, specialists, and then there were your CPAs, insurance claim centers, and law firms.
Although desks, chairs, coat hangers and paperwork had been hauled away, it wasn’t difficult to imagine a time when the receptionist would call, “The doctor will see you now.”