Continental Building

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Continental Building
Building at 408 S. Spring St. (Top), Los Angeles.JPG
Alternative names Braly Building
Hibernian Building
Union Trust Building
Old Bank District Apartments
General information
Type Residential condominiums
Location 408 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°02′55″N 118°14′54″W / 34.0486°N 118.2482°W / 34.0486; -118.2482Coordinates: 34°02′55″N 118°14′54″W / 34.0486°N 118.2482°W / 34.0486; -118.2482
Completed 1903
Owner Old Financial District LP
Roof 46 m (151 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 13
Floor area 86,300 sq ft (8,020 m2)
Design and construction
Architect John Parkinson
George Edwin Bergstrom
Killefer Flammang Architects
Continental Building
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
Governing body Private
Part of Spring Street Financial District (#1979000489)
LAHCM # 730
Designated CP 1979

The Continental Building, formerly Braly Block, is a 151 ft (46 m), 13-story high-rise residential building at 408 South Spring Street in the Historic Core of Los Angeles, California. When completed in 1903, it was the city's first high-rise building, and remained the tallest for three years. Shortly after the building was completed, the Los Angeles City Council enacted a 150 ft (46 m) height restriction on future buildings that remained until the 1950s.[5]

The Continental Building is part of the Spring Street Financial District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3][4]

In popular culture[edit]

The building plays a prominent role in the 2009 independent film (500) Days of Summer.

See also[edit]

International Savings & Exchange Bank Building, 10-story structure built in the same area in 1907 and using the same architectural styles


  1. ^ Continental Building at Emporis
  2. ^ Continental Building at SkyscraperPage
  3. ^ a b "California Office of Historic Preservation Certified Tax Projects – 2005 (Fiscal Year)" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  4. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 1979. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Department of Geography. "Continental Building and the 150-Foot Height Limit". Downtown Walking Tour. University of Southern California. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Roseman, Curtis C.; Ruth Wallach; Dace Taube; Linda McCann; Geoffrey DeVerteuil (2004). The Historic Core of Los Angeles. Los Angeles: Arcadia Publishing. pp. 35–38. ISBN 0-7385-2924-9. 

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