LOS ANGELES THINGS OF THE PAST

Decades of Decay Keeps the Doctor Away

September 22, 2014
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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 uponĀ 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.

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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.”

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6 Comments

  • Reply Kate September 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Is this between 4th & 5th on Spring?!

    • Reply SouthOnSpring September 28, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      Not quite, but I know which building you’re thinking of. We’re dying to get inside of there! I imagine it’s magnificent.

  • Reply Escott O. Norton October 20, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Beautiful! A great document of a simpler and yet more elegant time. Thank you!

  • Reply Lora October 20, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Back when women didn’t have their own name, only associated with their husbands name : “Mrs. Edward I. Dash.”

    • Reply South On Spring October 20, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Interesting times, indeed.

  • Reply Ernie Pearl October 20, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    AMAZING ! I pass by this building everyday. East side of Broadway between 7th an8th. I used to live in The Yorkshire Apts near Broadway/7th

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