AKA: Westfield Shoppingtown Fashion Square, Macy's Department Store, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA; Westfield Fashion Square, Macy's, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - department stores; built works - commercial buildings - shopping centers

Designers: Becket, Welton D., and Associates, Architects (firm); Brandow and Johnston, Structural Engineers (firm); Peck, C.L., Building Contractor (firm); Shellhorn, Ruth P., Landscape Architect (firm); Welton David Becket (architect); Brandow (engineer); Johnston (engineer); C. L. Peck (building contractor); Ruth Patricia Shellhorn (landscape architect)

Dates: constructed 1961-1962

5 stories, total floor area: 280,535 sq. ft.

Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA

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This San Fernando Valley branch of the Bullock's Department Store chain opened on 04/30/1962.

Building History

At the time of its construction, Bullock's composed half of the Bullock's-Magnin Company Division of Federated Departments Stores, Incorporated. Welton Becket and Associates became a leading US designer of suburban shopping centers in the 1950s-1960s, and, had since its work on the Bullock's Pasadena Store (1947), done several projects for the Bullock's chain. Landscape Architect Ruth Shellhorn (1909-2006) also had several opportunities to design for Bullock's in Southern CA, landscaping the Wilshire, Palm Springs, Lakewood, Westwood, Santa Ana, Sherman Oaks, Del Amo, and La Habra stores. Brandow and Johnston served as the Structural Engineers for Bullock's Fashion Square, Sherman Oaks, and C.L. Peck acted as the General Contractor.

Building Notes

A contemporary article in the Architectural Record described the Bullock's Fashion Square Store: "Bullock's five-level San Fernando store is the largest structure in a specialized shopping center called Fashion Square in which smaller ancillary shops, also owned by Bullock's, handle fachion accessories and home furnishings.The large store itself is laid out in clearly defined enclaves and boutiques...which have the aspect of intimate shops offering quality merchandise and full customer service in contrast to the open selling of discount houses." Bullock's Wilshire (1928-1929) developed this concept years earlier, with smaller boutiques established within the larger department store. (See "High-Fashion Store with Split-Level Massing," Architectural Record, vol 137, no. 5, 05/1965, p. 194-197.)

PCAD id: 17342