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Morgan, Walls & Clements

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Mayan Theater, Los Angeles

Morgan, Walls & Clements was an architectural firm based in Los Angeles, California and responsible for many of the city's landmarks, dating back to the late 19th century.[1] Originally Morgan and Walls, with principals Octavius Morgan and John A. Walls, the firm worked in the area from before the turn of the century.

Around 1910 Morgan's son O.W. Morgan was promoted, the elder Morgan retired, and with the emergence of designer Stiles O. Clements (1883–1966) the firm hit its stride with a series of theaters and commercial projects around MacArthur Park. Clements often worked in Spanish Colonial revival and Mayan revival styles, but their major project was the black Art Deco Richfield Tower, a commanding presence in downtown from its 1928 completion to its 1969 destruction. Walls did not live to see the completion of the building, as he had died in 1922.

Clements left the firm in 1937 to start his own practice, Stiles O. Clements & Associates, where he remained until his retirement in 1965.

Samson Tire and Rubber Factory, 1929-30, now Citadel Outlets. The façade was based on the palace of Assyrian king Sargon II.
Bullard Block in 1900


Their work includes:


  1. ^ "Morgan, Walls, and Clements". Los Angeles Conservancy. Los Angeles Conservancy. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "Famous Department Store/RiteAid", Historic Landmarks, City of Long Beach
  3. ^ "Contract Let for New Structure". The Los Angeles Times. February 16, 1936. p. 62. Retrieved April 10, 2024.