Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - department stores

Designers: Meyer and Holler, Architects, Engineers and Builders (firm); Philip W. Holler (architect); Mendel S. Meyer (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1928

4 stories

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401 Pine Street
Downtown, Long Beach, CA 90802

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The address was sometimes written 401-423 Pine Street.

Building History

The busy architectural/construction firm of Meyer and Holler designed this building that had the strongly vertical pilasters common to the Art Deco Style. The ornamentation, however, was not typically Deco in nature, lacking its greomtric rigor, and relied on more traditional vocabularies, such as the Spanish Colonial Revival Style.

In 1933, Walker's Department Store opened, an enterprise owned by Ralf Marc Walker (1873-1935). In 1921, Walker was a partner in the Paris-Walker Department Store located on the corner of Broadway and 5th Street in Los Angeles. He ultimately would operate department stores in Los Angeles, San Diego and Long Beach. Walker became a philanthropist with his wealth, financially assisting his employees.

Building Notes

In the 1940s, a large neon sign emblazoned with the "Walker's" name in front of a shield stood on the roof.

PCAD id: 19713