Crossroads of the World

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Crossroads of the World
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Crossroads of the World
Location6671 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates34°5′53.48″N 118°20′8.27″W / 34.0981889°N 118.3356306°W / 34.0981889; -118.3356306Coordinates: 34°5′53.48″N 118°20′8.27″W / 34.0981889°N 118.3356306°W / 34.0981889; -118.3356306
ArchitectRobert V. Derrah
NRHP reference #80000805
LAHCM #134
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 8, 1980
Designated LAHCMDecember 4, 1974

Crossroads of the World has been called America's first outdoor shopping mall. Located on Sunset Boulevard and Las Palmas in Los Angeles, the mall features a central building designed to resemble an ocean liner surrounded by a small village of cottage-style bungalows. It was designed by Robert V. Derrah and built in 1936.

Once a busy shopping center, the Crossroads now hosts private offices, primarily for the entertainment industry. It has been used for location shooting in many films, including L.A. Confidential, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, and Café Society, in TV shows, including Dragnet and Remington Steele, and in commercials by McDonald's, Ford, and Mattel. A reproduction of Crossroads' iconic tower and spinning globe can be seen just inside the entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida.

Today, Crossroads is the creative home of a variety of music publishers and producers, television and film script writers, film and recording companies, novelists, costume designers, publicists, and casting agencies.

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