Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings; built works - commercial buildings - stores

Designers: Morgan and Walls, Architects (firm); Octavius Morgan (architect); John A. Walls (architect)

Dates: constructed 1910-1911

11 stories

South Spring Street and West Seventh Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Building History

The real estate developer and banker, New York-born Isaac Newton Van Nuys (1836-1912) commissioned architects Morgan and Walls to design this large 11-story office tower, once one of the tallest in the Downtown Spring Street Financial District.

Building Notes

In 1916, the architects of the Van Nuys Building, Morgan, Walls and Morgan, maintained their office in Room #1138 on the highrise's top floor. Before the construction of the Architects' Building in Downtown Los Angeles,CA,, c. 1927-1928, the Van Nuys Building housed the offices of a number of high-profile architects, including Carleton M. Winslow, Sr., (1876-1946), Robert D. Farquhar (1872-1967), and Robert H. Orr (1873-1964).

In 1928, Toole-Tietzen and Company, dealers in government, municipal and corporation bonds had its office in Room #509 of the I.N. Van Nuys Building. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1928, p. 1677.)


The Van Nuys Building was renovated 1981. The City of Los Angeles paid $24.3 million to rehabilitate the Van Nuys Building into senior citizens housing and apartments for the handicapped .

Los Angeles City Historical-Cultural Monument (2007): 898

PCAD id: 1471