Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures

Designers: Farquhar, Robert D., Architect (firm); Kelham, George William, Architect (firm); Robert David Farquhar (architect)

Dates: constructed 1928-1930

8 stories

538 South Flower Street
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90071-2501

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The club occupied Bellevue Terrace Tract Lots 3,4,5,13 and 14 and Lot 15 of Block 103.


This was the fourth home of the California Club in Los Angeles. The club’s first meeting space occupied the second story of the Tally-Ho Stables located at 1st and Fort (Broadway) Streets. The second meeting rooms were in the Wilcox Block (at 206 South Spring Street), and the third was a purpose-built building at 453 South Hill Street, completed in 1904. The fourth building, at 538 South Flower Street, was designed by architect Robert D. Farquhar, and completed between 1928 and 1930.

Building History

The building's continued existence in 2023 underscored the power and wealth of the California Club's members. This building did not conform to the concept of "highest best use" prevalent in real estate law, and is surrounded by much newer, much taller skyscrapers. In this case, naming the California Club #4 a Los Angeles City Historical-Cultural Monument in 1966 was not opposed by local landowners.

Building Notes

This California Club building stood 42 m. or 138 feet tall, organized on 8 floors.

According to the Los Angeles County Assessor Portal, the building was completed in 1929.


Alterations occurred in 1933.

Demolished; this building stood on the southern portion of the site occupied later by the Aon Building .

Los Angeles City Historical-Cultural Monument: ID n/a

Los Angeles County Assessor Number: 5151024002

National Register of Historic Places: 10000425 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 3427