AKA: Union League Building, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA; Fashion League Building, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Benton, Arthur B., Architect (firm); Arthur Burnett Benton (architect)

Dates: constructed 1910-1911, demolished 1957

9 stories

331 West 2nd Street
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Founded in 1890, the Union League Club of Los Angeles served as the political club house of the Republican Party in Southern CA. Many prominent lawyers and businessmen belonged to the organization. In 03/1904, the Union League purchased a former Sunset Telephone Company property on 2nd Street near Hill Street as its main meeting place and as an income property, and hired architect Arthur Burnett Benton to remodel it to suit the club's needs. Benton worked through the spring on the renovation, completing it in 07/1904. By 1909, the Union Club made plans to build a larger, nine-story office building to serve both purposes. (It is not clear who designed this building, but Arthur Benton had a stable relationship with the Union Club, so it is likely that he got the commission.) The Club occupied this new building from 1911-1920, when it purchased the YWCA at West 3rd and South Hill Street in 1920. (Benton would remodel this YWCA, as well.) In later years, it became known as the Fashion League Building. In 2014, the site was a vacant lot.

The Union League Building occupied the southeast corner at the intersection of South Hill Street and West 2nd Street beginning in 1911. It had entrances at 138 South Hill Street and 333-325 West 2nd Street.

Demolished. It was torn down during 02-03/1957. A State of CA office building replaced the Union Club/Fashion League Building by c. 1958.

PCAD id: 19291