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Friday, November 26, 2010 Gift Wrapped

Black and gold terra cotta building at Third Street and Western Avenue, built in 1931 as the Selig Clothing Store, designed by Arthur E. Harvey

Black Friday the big shopping day the day after Thanksgiving and out here the sun was brilliant and the sky impossibly blue and the air clean and crisp, fresh off its long trip across the empty Pacific a good day. And it was a good day for this the black and gold terra cotta building at Third Street and Western Avenue, built in 1931 as the Selig Clothing Store. It was designed by Arthur E. Harvey and is one of only two black and gold glazed terra cotta Art Deco buildings left in Los Angeles. The other one is down on Wilshire. This one was declared a Cultural-Historic Monument (#289) on September 20, 1985 and once housed a Crocker Bank Branch, but now it's a clothing store again. But as the neighborhood is now mainly Korean, the signs and the shoppers and all the rest are not as before. But it is all gift-wrapped.

Black and gold terra cotta building at Third Street and Western Avenue, built in 1931 as the Selig Clothing Store, designed by Arthur E. Harvey
Black and gold terra cotta building at Third Street and Western Avenue, built in 1931 as the Selig Clothing Store, designed by Arthur E. Harvey
Black and gold terra cotta building at Third Street and Western Avenue, built in 1931 as the Selig Clothing Store, designed by Arthur E. Harvey
Black and gold terra cotta building at Third Street and Western Avenue, built in 1931 as the Selig Clothing Store, designed by Arthur E. Harvey
Black and gold terra cotta building at Third Street and Western Avenue, built in 1931 as the Selig Clothing Store, designed by Arthur E. Harvey
Black and gold terra cotta building at Third Street and Western Avenue, built in 1931 as the Selig Clothing Store, designed by Arthur E. Harvey
Black and gold terra cotta building at Third Street and Western Avenue, built in 1931 as the Selig Clothing Store, designed by Arthur E. Harvey
Black and gold terra cotta building at Third Street and Western Avenue, built in 1931 as the Selig Clothing Store, designed by Arthur E. Harvey
Black and gold terra cotta building at Third Street and Western Avenue, built in 1931 as the Selig Clothing Store, designed by Arthur E. Harvey
Black and gold terra cotta building at Third Street and Western Avenue, built in 1931 as the Selig Clothing Store, designed by Arthur E. Harvey
Black and gold terra cotta building at Third Street and Western Avenue, built in 1931 as the Selig Clothing Store, designed by Arthur E. Harvey

Most of us love this Korean neighborhood, as this 1931 Arthur Harvey building now also houses a psychic shop, with a golden Buddha

Golden Buddha, window of psychic shop, Third Street and Western Avenue, Koreatown
Golden Buddha, window of psychic shop, Third Street and Western Avenue, Koreatown

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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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