General Petroleum Building

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General Petroleum Building
General Petroleum Building, Los Angeles.JPG
General Petroleum Building, 2008
General Petroleum Building is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
General Petroleum Building
General Petroleum Building is located in California
General Petroleum Building
General Petroleum Building is located in the US
General Petroleum Building
Location 612 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°2′58″N 118°15′24″W / 34.04944°N 118.25667°W / 34.04944; -118.25667Coordinates: 34°2′58″N 118°15′24″W / 34.04944°N 118.25667°W / 34.04944; -118.25667
Built 1947-1949
Architect Wurdeman and Becket
Architectural style Modern
NRHP Reference #


LAHCM # 766
Added to NRHP June 22, 2004

The General Petroleum Building, also known as the Mobil Oil Building and the Pegasus Apartments, is a highrise building in the Modern architecture style loacted in Downtown Los Angeles .

Design and construction[edit]

Walter Wurdeman & Welton Becket were the building's architects.[2][3] P.J. Walker Co. was the general contractor, and Carl Larsen was the construction superintendent.[3]

Groundbreaking on the 13-story building was on July 11, 1947,[4] and the steel structure was virtually complete by December 1947.[2] On February 27, 1948, a 31-year-old rigger, Laurence Leslie, slipped and fell to his death from scaffolding on the fourth floor.[5]

In March 1948, while still under construction, the building was sold to the New York Life Insurance Co. with a lease back to General Petroleum Corp.[6] The purchase price was later disclosed to have been $11,750,000.[7]

The first offices were occupied in February 1949, and the building was dedicated on April 1, 1949 in a ceremony attended by Governor Earl Warren, Mayor Fletcher Bowron, and other dignitaries. At the time of its dedication, it had 504,000 square feet and was the largest office building in Southern California.[3] Upon completion, the "Mobiloil" and "Mobilgas" names and flying red horse logo were displayed from the top of the building.[8]

The development also included a six-story rectangular parking garage, also designed by Wurdeman & Becket, with space for 446 cars and a spiral interior path allowing cars to drive from the first level to the higher levels. At the time, the spiral design allowing for self parking was described the Los Angeles Times as "the only one of its kind in the nation."[9]

Later use and designation[edit]

The building was vacated in 1994 and converted into 322 apartments in 2003 by developers Kennedy Wilson and the KOR Realty Group. The apartment building was, and remains, operated under the name Pegasus in tribute to the flying red horse that was displayed for decades atop the structure.[10][11]

On June 22, 2004, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places based on architectural criteria.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Dinner Honors Steelworkers". Los Angeles Times. December 14, 1947. p. II-5 – via 
  3. ^ a b c "Oil Firm Dedicates 13-Story Building". Los Angeles Times. April 2, 1949. p. II-5 – via 
  4. ^ "General Petroleum Building Started". Los Angeles Times. July 12, 1947. p. II-3 – via 
  5. ^ "Scaffold Fall Kills Construction Worker". Los Angeles Times. February 28, 1948. p. I-6. 
  6. ^ "New York Life To Buy Oil Company Building". Los Angeles Times. March 17, 1948. p. II-1. 
  7. ^ "March of Finance". Los Angeles Times. March 2, 1948. p. I-21. 
  8. ^ "General Petroleum Corporation advertisement". Los Angeles Times. April 4, 1949. p. I-18 – via 
  9. ^ "Spiral Garage Being Readied". Los Angeles Times. October 3, 1948. p. V-1 – via 
  10. ^ "New Residents Changing Face of Downtown". Los Angeles Times. July 12, 2003. p. A17. 
  11. ^ GmbH, Emporis. "The Pegasus, Los Angeles | 116560 | EMPORIS". Retrieved 2017-06-12.