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Grand Dame of North Hollywood, 5303 Lankershim Blvd.
Architecture does exist in Los Angeles! Here's one of our treasures from my webiste, AngelCityArt.com
This architectural dream was built in 1926 as a bank. The roof has a trim of adobe tiles, mixed with brick and Victorian carved details around the windows and doors. She belongs on the National Register.
The neighborhood has changed and she now sits in the trendy NoHo arts district. Not to be left out of a party, she was recently renovated as a night club called the Bank Heist. Her early reviews were good and she was a bright spot in the newly revitalized artistic neighborhood.
Unfortunately, on Monday, January 7 LAFD responded to a fire which has gutted the building. The roof had to be vented to control the fire and it looks like the glass in the windows are gone. The beautiful (and rare for Los Angeles) architectural details on the outside of the building are intact.
I hope we will be restoring our Grand Dame to her former glory soon. One sunny day last year she agreed to pose for a few pictures so I took these glamor shots: