The KRKD radio towers had been a miserable sight since I first saw them. Forgotten with time, they sat like two burnt, un-ornamented Christmas Trees atop the Spring Arcade building at Fifth and Broadway. Still, I liked them. For over 80 years, they’ve added a bit of character to Historic Core’s sparse skyline.
If ever faced with the impossible task of choosing to revive only one demolished building in Los Angeles, it would have to be the Richfield Oil Building.
Completed in 1929, the headquarters for the Richfield Oil Company stood at the northwest corner of Sixth and Flower Streets in downtown Los Angeles. Designed by architect Stiles O. Clements, of partners Morgan, Walls, & Clements, the 12 story steel-frame structure had an incredibly detailed Art Deco facade made of black terra cotta and gold-dust accent tiles. The distinct color combination, shared only with the American Radiator building, was meant to represent Richfield’s “black gold” industry. I imagine it was one of the best Art Deco buildings on the entire west coast and certainly the most distinct structure in the Los Angeles skyline.
We frequently visit San Francisco and while we enjoy exploring like locals, we also shamelessly indulge in touristy activities. On our most recent trip, we realized we’d never been on a boat in the San Francisco Bay. We hadn’t given it much thought since we had seen it from countless vantage points around the city, and really, would it look any different from a boat? On our last morning of the trip, we found a Groupon deal for the Red and White Fleet’s Bridge 2 Bridge tour so we took it as a sign to try it out.