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Written by Jennifer Morales   
Friday, 30 May 2008
Two Los Angeles attorneys, Brian Kabatek and Mark Geragos, have purchased the 1926 Fine Arts building in downtown Los Angeles.  A Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument since 1974, the attorneys plan to use most of the top floor for offices and lease the rest.  They also hope to bring a high-end restaurant to the first floor in a space originally occupied by the Pig 'n Whistle.

Designed by Albert R. Walker and Percy A. Eisen and opened in 1926, the Romanesque Revival Fine Arts building is a great example of a bygone era where sculpture was integrated into the very architecture of a building.  Figures representing Sculpture and Architecture are positioned on the third floor and the outside of the structure are clad in terra cotta tiles from Gladding, McBean & Company.  Two more nude figures are located on the ninth floor.  

Originally intended to provide space for working artists, the lobby contains 17 display cases to showcase art created by the artist tenants and is decorated with tiles created by Ernest A. Batchelder and murals by Anthony Heinsbergen.  The Depression signaled the end of the Fine Arts building being a place for artists and it became an office building and was renamed the Signal Oil Building.  

In 1982, it was bought by the development firm of Ratkovich, Bowers Inc. and restored by Brenda Levin & Associates and Gensler & Associates.  Renamed the Fine Arts building, it was reopened to the public in 1983.  Attorneys Kabatek and Geragos, who already own one historic building in downtown, bought it from a Denver real estate partnership for $23.5 million.  They look forward to acquiring other historic buildings in the downtown business district and the revitalization of downtown.

Source:  Los Angeles Times, Attorneys Kabateck and Geragos aim to do justice to Fine Arts Building
By Roger Vincent, 27 May 2008

Source:  Public Art In LA, Fine Arts Building

 

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