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Two Santa Monica buildings might get landmark status

March 18, 2009 |  5:31 pm

Two historic buildings in the downtown Santa Monica area are being considered for landmark status by the city. Both have interesting back stories, according to the Mirror:

The Bay Builders’ Exchange has been the subject of research by the Santa Monica Conservancy, which includes the building on their docent walking tours. Constructed in 1927 by a significant local architect, Eugene Durfee (who also designed the Georgian Hotel and the Central Tower downtown), Bay Builders was created to house offices for architects, builders, and designers. It demonstrates the "Churrigueresque" style, with cast stone embellishments, stucco finish, and ornamental ironwork..... The nomination for the Doctors Building was suggested by Rory Cunningham of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. In his letter to the Commission, he wrote: "The 'Wedding Cake' stacking of the architectural elements and the sensuous curves of this building are only the beginning of what makes this structure impressive."

Check out these photos from the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.