AKA: Pan American Building, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA; Giant Penny Building, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Hunt, Sumner P., Architect (firm); Wyman, George Herbert, Architect (firm); Sumner P. Hunt (architect); George Herbert Wyman (architect)

Dates: constructed 1895-1896

5 stories

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253 South Broadway
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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The Byrne Block stood at West 3rd Street and South Broadway, and was located on a diagonal across the street from the Bradbury Building, by George Herbert Wyman and Sumner P. Hunt;


The five-floor Byrne Building, also known under several other names including the Irvine/Byrne Building, Pan American Building and the Giant Penny Building, opened in the mid-1890s, occupying important commercial space on the fast-expanding business thoroughfare of South Broadway.

Building History

Architect George Herbert Wyman (1860-1939), best known for his work on the Bradbury Building in Los Angeles, CA (1891-1893) supervised the construction of the Byrne Building, c. 1895, for the architect, Sumner P. Hunt (1865-1938). The Byrne Building was erected on the northwest corner of 3rd Street and Broadway. In 1908, the McCormick-Henderson Company, a building products company, occupied office #417 in the Byrne Building. The company also had a San Francisco office at 110 Bush Street.

Building Notes

The Byrne Building had five retail storefronts facing South Broadway. These space had clerestory lighting to enable daylight to penetrate deep into the interior.

The architectural firm of Blick, Moore and Price occupied Rooms #302-304 of the Byrne Building in 1896. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1896, p. 275.)

Architect Fernand Parmentier (d. 1915), who would die in World War I, occupied Office #538 in the Byrne Building in 1908.

The Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, founded in San Francisco, had its office in Room #230 of the Byrne Building in 1921. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1921, p. 1853.)


The Byrne Building experienced a serious fire 02/16/1911.

It was renovated into loft apartments in 2005, becoming known as the "CityView Lofts." The building's facade was retained but the interior was gutted and removed.

Los Angeles County Assessor Number: 5149009027

PCAD id: 5022