Originally Posted by Godzilla
In reexamining the structures I discovered another pretty structure in the area: Hispano Moresque Tiles and The California Bank. The source indicates the building sate at Beverly and La Brea and there is a listing for the Bank at 175 N. La Brea. The '32 CD has a "La Brea - Wilshire Branch" listing for Cal Bank at 671 S La Brea and there does not appear to be a listing for Beverly and La Brea. this suggests the Bank vacated the 175 address for bigger digs at 671. Hispano Moresque was at 173 N. La Brea.
The mundane structure benefitted immensely from the imaginative use of tile.
~1929 Hispano Moresque Tile Co. and California Bank at La Brea and Beverly 173-175 N. La Brea
I've played with the levels and repaired the marks on the left of the second image.
California State Library
I wondered what became of this lovely building, so I took the Googlemobile to La Brea Avenue. The address of the building below is listed on the company's website
as "169-A North La Brea Avenue", but the building just visible on the left is clearly marked "169" (visible in GSV, not in this picture). I then overlaid this image onto the first of Godzilla
's pictures and it seemed to match proportionally. Even the small square holes halfway down the top of the fascia lined up perfectly.
Google's Streetview also lets you have an extensive walk around the interior of Adesso Eclectic Imports. Here's a view of the upper floor looking towards the front.
While I was Googling the address, I came across a review on www.citysearch.com
for a now closed local restaurant called Campanile (it was at 624 S La Brea Avenue). User "gerryjim" said:
"We especially enjoyed the fountain in the courtyard made in the late 20's by a tile company whose headquarters was just up the street at 173 N. La Brea. The tilery was called Hispano Moresque."
I managed to find this picture of the fountain. I wonder if the tile shop and bank were this color?
I was going to ask if anyone had been to Campanile's replacement, République, to see if the fountain is still there, but I see they've moved it outside next to the sidewalk.