Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings; built works - public buildings - health and welfare buildings

Designers: Milwaukee Building Company (firm); Philip W. Holler (architect); Mendel S. Meyer (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1922-1923

South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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K.B. Norswing, a Fullerton oil millionaire, commissioned the Milwaukee Building Company (also known at this time as Meyer and Holler), to design this $750,000, 12-story office building, tailored to medical professionals. Norswing obtained a 175 x 190-foot land parcel adjoining California Lutheran Hospital, where he hoped his office building would become an integral part of the hospital complex. An article in the Los Angeles Times said: "It is the intention of Mr. Norswing, Mr. [Mendel] Meyer said, to make the building one of the most modern of its kind in the country, and with this intention, an exhaustive study of what has been accomplished in the erection of buildings of this type in the East will be made. The latest equipment and appointments will be installed by Mr. Norswing. A feature of the structure will be unusually large light courts, providing all of the office suites with a maximum of light." (See "New Medical Building, Los Angeles Times, 11/22/1922, p. II 1.) The article noted that Norswing's building would be the first of its kind erected in Los Angeles. Construction was projected to take 10 months concluding in 09/1923.

PCAD id: 18532