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Thursday, May 13, 2010 Possibilities

Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles branch at 5209 Wilshire Boulevard - listed on the National Register of Historic Places, built in 1929, the work of the architecture firm of Morgan, Walls and Clements - the last surviving example of Stiles O. Clements' black-and-gold terra cotta designs

Hey, it's for sale! The Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles branch at 5209 Wilshire Boulevard listed on the National Register of Historic Places, built in 1929, the work of the architecture firm of Morgan, Walls and Clements, which did the Wiltern Theatre tower, the El Capitan and all sorts of good stuff out here. And the old bank vault is still inside. Cool.

This the last surviving example of Stiles O. Clements' black-and-gold terra cotta designs. Now it's' just an abandoned shell, and obviously a fixer-upper. It sits empty, waiting. Is it waiting for you?

Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles branch at 5209 Wilshire Boulevard - listed on the National Register of Historic Places, built in 1929, the work of the architecture firm of Morgan, Walls and Clements - the last surviving example of Stiles O. Clements' black-and-gold terra cotta designs
Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles branch at 5209 Wilshire Boulevard - listed on the National Register of Historic Places, built in 1929, the work of the architecture firm of Morgan, Walls and Clements - the last surviving example of Stiles O. Clements' black-and-gold terra cotta designs
Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles branch at 5209 Wilshire Boulevard - listed on the National Register of Historic Places, built in 1929, the work of the architecture firm of Morgan, Walls and Clements - the last surviving example of Stiles O. Clements' black-and-gold terra cotta designs
Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles branch at 5209 Wilshire Boulevard - listed on the National Register of Historic Places, built in 1929, the work of the architecture firm of Morgan, Walls and Clements - the last surviving example of Stiles O. Clements' black-and-gold terra cotta designs
Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles branch at 5209 Wilshire Boulevard - listed on the National Register of Historic Places, built in 1929, the work of the architecture firm of Morgan, Walls and Clements - the last surviving example of Stiles O. Clements' black-and-gold terra cotta designs

Nearby on La Brea, the abandoned tower that looms over the parking lot at the La Brea Bakery, built long ago for Charlie Chaplin. He needed additional office space at the time and yes, he was an eccentric man with an odd ego. The stars tell the story. But it also has possibilities.

Charlie Chaplin Tower, La Brea north of Wilshire
Charlie Chaplin Tower, La Brea north of Wilshire

And the Charlie Chaplin Tower is next door to Heaven

Heaven Antiques on La Brea
Heaven Antiques on La Brea

What can you do with an old California bungalow? You can turn into the offices of an independent production company that produces feature films. This is Film Colony, Ltd in 2004 they gave us Finding Neverland Johnny Depp as the guy who wrote Peter Pan. It figures.

Film Colony, Ltd - 465 South Sycamore Avenue, Los Angeles, near Wilshire

Cool roof, isn't it? It's what used to be a home on South Sycamore Avenue, near Wilshire, but now it's a psychic shop. There are always possibilities.

Black and White, South Sycamore Avenue, near Wilshire
Black and White, South Sycamore Avenue, near Wilshire

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto. The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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