AKA: Franklin Life Building, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Heinsbergen Decorating Company, Interior Designers (firm); Levin and Associates, Architects (firm); Morgan, Walls and Clements, Architects (firm); Stiles Oliver Clements (architect); Antoon B. Heinsbergen (interior designer/muralist); Octavius Weller Morgan Sr. (architect); Gino Rossetti (architect); John A. Walls (architect)

Dates: constructed 1930-1931

3790 Wilshire Boulevard
MacArthur Park, Los Angeles, CA 90010-2807

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The Dutch-born, Los Angeles artist, Anthony B. Heinsbergen, produced the murals for the interior of the Wiltern Theatre and the surrounding Pellissier Building.

Designed in a flamboyant Art Deco manner by Stiles Oliver Clements for developer, Henry De Roulet, after his grandfather, German Pellissier; the Pellissiers were early French settlers in Los Angeles, CA, who, in 1882, bought 140 acres of land well west of Downtown; here, they operated a sheep farm, before it was developed by the family; Roulet requested that the exterior be done in green terra cotta, and the color became known by the architecture firm as "Pellissier Green"; the Pellissier Building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, as conservationists mobilized to protect the building from demolition; the Los Angeles Conservancy, the historic preservation group, developed in part as a result of this effort; in 1979, the current owner applied for a demolition permit, but this was averted when the structure was sold to the preservation-friendly real estate development firm of Ratkovich, Bowers, and Perez in 1981; Ratkovich, who experienced financial difficulties, had it foreclosed in mid-1998 by the lender, GE Capital Corporation, who, in turn, sold it to the Hertz Group in 12/1998 for $12 million;

Rossetti Associates renovated the Pellissier Building in 1984-1985 for Ratkovich, Bowers, and Perex; the real estate company invested $4.8 million in the restoration; the Wiltern Theater, part of the Pellissier Block, reopened 5/1/1985;

Demolition was threatened in 02/1979;

PCAD id: 226