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Old Posted Jun 27, 2014, 5:28 PM
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Here's a Downtown building which I don't think we've seen before. USC call it "The old Pacific Indemnity Building at the southeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Hope Street", but I think that's the company that owned it. The City Directories list it as the Pacific Finance Building at 621 S Hope, and signage seems to back up this name. According to, it was finished in 1925 and had 13 floors above ground and 2 below. To the left is the 1949 General Petroleum Building/Mobil Oil Building. On the far left is the Rex Arms. The picture is fairly vaguely dated at circa 1950/1969. I think I can spy a 1956 Pontiac and a 1959 T-Bird among the cars parked outside (I know someone will correct me if I'm wrong ).

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I had to go for an aerial view to do justice to the building that stands on the site today: the AON Center. Returning to for information, the new tower was built in 1973 and has 62 floors above ground and 5 below. At over five times the height of the old building, it rather dwarfs its neighbor which is now known as the Pegasus Apartments.

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Returning to the first picture, the building on the right is the Acacia Hotel with the California Club just peaking out behind. FredH posted a color picture of the Acacia looking down 6th Street in post #19311. Here's a better view of the hotel's front from 1965 (the Pacific Finance Building would've been just off to the left.

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HDL also has this shot of the Acacia with an advert for the S.S. France on the side. This was taken from a similar angle to the black & white picture above, and includes a bit of the Pacific Finance Building on the left and the California Club in the background again. Immediately behind the lamp post on the right is the University Club which I covered in post #20363. The first picture in that post also includes an overhead view of the Acacia.

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Finally, USC has a small photoset of a damaged 1939 Plymouth coupe (their identification). The pictures were apparently commissioned by Pacific Indemnity and were taken in the parking lot between the Pacific Finance Building and the Acacia Hotel. A portion of the Richfield Building is visible in the top left corner.

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