Title Guarantee & Trust Building
Built in 1930, the Title Guarantee and Trust Company Building is an Art Deco style high rise building situated on Pershing Square. Designed by The Parkinsons, who were prolific architects and were responsible for many L.A. points of interest, including City Hall and Bullocks Wilshire, it was built on the site of the California Club building. Its original use was as an office building but it was later converted into loft apartments. In 1984, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Backstory and Context
The Title Guarantee & Trust Building is a large Art Deco structure that towers over the streets below. It is incredibly detailed and was designed by architects John and Donald Parkinson who took inspiration from the much-publicized 1926 Chicago Tribune Tower. In addition to Gothic touches such as shields and gargoyle-like drain spouts, the building is also topped with a Gothic tower complete with stylized flying buttresses.
The building is steel framed and is clad with glazed terra cotta, rising out of its granite base. The recessed windows are surrounded by piers, which accentuate the verticality of the structure and extend above the roofline to create a parapet effect. Everything above the twelfth floor is unoccupied space and was designed purposefully so that the building could be extended above the 150-foot height limit in effect at the time of its construction.
In 2012 the building was converted into loft-style apartments and is known as the Title Guarantee Building Lofts.
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