AKA: Wilcox Block #2, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Pissis and Moore, Architects (firm); William P. Moore (architect); Albert Pissis (architect)

Dates: constructed 1895-1896, demolished 1971

5 stories

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206 South Spring Street
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3710

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The Wilcox Building stood on the southeast corner of South Spring Street and West 2nd Street.


Only one floor of the once-elegant Wilcox Building #2 stood after 1971, when the Sylmar Earthquake damaged it, necessitating the removal of its four upper floors. It is nearly unrecognizable to its former self.

Building History

The site on the southeast corner of South Spring Street and West Second Street was cleared around 05/29/1895; the Wilcox Building was a rare commission in Southern California by the San Francisco architects, Pissis and Moore.

Building Notes

The Typewriter Exchange occupied Room 312 of the Wilcox Building in 1904. This firm bought, sold and rented typewriters. New machines could be rented for $4.00 per month.

In 1896, the California Club occupied space in the Wilcox Block, and remained here until 1904, when a new clubhouse was built at 453 South Hill Street.

A.H. Conger, a dealer in municipal, school and corporation bonds, occupied Room #321 in the Wilcox Building in 1899. (See A,H, Conger Ad, Los Angeles Times, 11/07/1899, p. 9.)

H. Jevne's wine store stood at 208-210 South Spring Street in the Wilcox Block in 1899. (See H. Jevne Ad, Los Angeles Times, 11/07/1899, p. 9.)

The Dutch Consulate occupied space here c. 1910.

The Southwestern School of Law had its second location on the top floors of the Wilcox Block between 1915 and 1924.


The Wilcox Building #2 sustained serious damage in the Sylmar Earthquake of 1971, and, subsequently, had its top four floors sheared off. Only the bottom floor remained thereafter.

PCAD id: 1105