Janss Investment Company Building

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Janss Investment Company Building
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The Janss Dome
Location 1045-1099 Westwood Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°03′40″N 118°26′44″W / 34.0611°N 118.4456°W / 34.0611; -118.4456Coordinates: 34°03′40″N 118°26′44″W / 34.0611°N 118.4456°W / 34.0611; -118.4456
Built 1929
Architect Allison & Allison
Designated June 21, 1988[1]
Reference no. 364
Janss Investment Company Building is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Janss Investment Company Building
Location of Janss Investment Company Building in the Los Angeles metropolitan area

The Janss Investment Company Building, also known as the Janss Dome, is a historic building in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, in the Westwood Village. The building is located at the five-way intersection of Westwood Boulevard, Kinross Avenue, and Broxton Avenue.

In 1929 the Janss Dome was the first building erected in the Mediterranean-themed Westwood Village. It housed the headquarters of the Janss Investment Company run by the Janss brothers, Edwin and Harold Janss, who were the developers of the village. The village was built as a shopping and cinema precinct to serve the adjacent University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The second floor of the Janss building was the first male dormitory for UCLA students.[2]

The Janss Dome was designed by the architectural firm of Allison & Allison, who also designed UCLA’s Royce Hall and Kerckhoff Hall. Architectural features of the building include a high portico and arched windows with the main part of the building having an octagonal shape and being surmounted by its signature dome with its Moorish style aqua and white zig-zag pattern and gold leafing. Atop the dome is a cupola. This dome ranks alongside the white Spanish Revival/Moderne tower of the Fox Theater as an iconic landmark of Westwood Village.

Around the beginning of the 1990s renowned architectural firm Morphosis adapted the dome for use as a clothing store by Contempo Casuals,[3] and later it was occupied by a Wherehouse Music store. In 1998 restaurateur Michael Chow remodeled the interior for a Eurochow restaurant but had the time-honored aqua and white zig-zag on the rotunda painted over in white.[4] This caused the Westwood Design Review Board to order that the dome be restored to its traditional decoration.[5] The Janss Dome housed a Japanese restaurant, Yamato, until June 2016, but currently remains vacant.[6]

The Janss Investment Company Building was dedicated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument on June 21, 1988 (No. 364).[1]