Taft Building (Los Angeles)

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Taft Building
Taft Building Sign.jpg
Taft Building
General information
Location6280 W. Hollywood Blvd. and 1680 North Vine Street, Hollywood, California
Coordinates34°06′05″N 118°19′35″W / 34.10139°N 118.32639°W / 34.10139; -118.32639Coordinates: 34°06′05″N 118°19′35″W / 34.10139°N 118.32639°W / 34.10139; -118.32639
Completed1923
OwnerDLJ Capital Partners[1]
Technical details
Floor count12
Design and construction
ArchitectPercy A. Eisen
Albert R. Walker
DesignatedSeptember 29, 1999
Reference no.666

The Taft Building is an historic twelve-story building at 6280 W. Hollywood Blvd. and 1680 North Vine Street, Hollywood and Vine, in Hollywood, California.

History[edit]

It was built for A.Z. Taft, Jr. (1889–1941), who purchased the Hollywood Memorial Church for US$125,000, tore it down, and commissioned the Taft Building there by hiring architects Percy A. Eisen (1885–1946) and Albert R. Walker (1881–1958).[2][3][4] Construction ended in 1923.[3] The architecture firm Walker and Eisen was also responsible for the Fine Arts Building, the James Oviatt Building, the Hotel Normandie, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and the Commercial Exchange Building.[5]

It is an example of Classical Revival architecture.[4] Shortly after, all the movie studios had an office in the building.[2] Clark Gable's dentist also had an office there.[2] Additionally, Charlie Chaplin and Will Rogers had offices there.[6] It has housed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[6]

It was the first high-rise office building in Los Angeles.[4] It is opposite the Pantages Theatre, and Audrey Hepburn's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is outside the main entrance.[6]

In 2011, the owner, Langer Meringoff Properties, put it up for sale.[6]

It has been on the list of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments in Hollywood since September 29, 1999.[6]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Taft Building at Wikimedia Commons