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Old Posted Feb 1, 2012, 1:06 AM
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Earlier on the page Gaylord_Wilshire posted a 1959 aerial showing the proposed location for the SEIBU department store.
I've been meaning to do a SEIBU post for quite some this seems like a good time to do so.

below: SEIBU, the Japanese department store opened on March 1962 at the southeast corner of Wilshire & Fairfax.
This was three years before LACMA.

below: Looking north on Fairfax toward the May Co. department store on Wilshire.

below: Interior view 1962.

below: SEIBU 1962 rooftop restaurant (I didn't know there was a rooftop restaurant until today)

below: Another view of the rooftop restaurant 1962.

SEIBU only lasted from 1962 to 1964. From 1964 to 1986 it operated as an Ohrbach's department store.

below: SEIBU as an Ohrbach's in 1978.

below: Today the SEIBU building hosts the Peterson Automotive Museum.

google street views

..for comparison


I just found out the rooftop restaurant space is still intact!
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