Neighborhood Gems Hiding in Plain Sight: The Willing Workers Building

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Neighborhood Gems Hiding in Plain Sight

Willing Workers 4801-13 Washington Boulevard

ImageImageSome buildings survive intact, and others are remodeled to an unrecognizable state, but few manage such a neat split as this building at 4801-4813 Washington Boulevard. The front of the building features simple lines and applied arches that look like midcentury modern, but walk around the corner, and wow! A perfectly gorgeous facade by S. Charles Lee, possibly the most celebrated theatre architect in California.

It was built in 1930 for Trabue Pittman Corporation, and the Los Angeles Times noted that space in the building had been leased to "the F.W. Woolworth Company, International Provision Company, a drug store and two shops." It was obviously a popular destination: In 1931, twenty chain-stores maintained branches on Washington Boulevard between Western and Rimpau.