AKA: American Cement Building Lofts, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings; built works - dwellings - houses - apartment houses

Designers: Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall (DMJM) (firm); Phillip James Daniel (architect); S. Kenneth Johnson (architect); Malcolm Leland (ceramicist/ceramicist/sculptor); Arthur Edwin Mann (architect); Irvan F. Mendenhall (civil engineer/structural engineer)

Dates: constructed 1964

2404 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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Biographical Notes

DMJM and its building team created an external structrual framework composed of four-hundred-fifty, interconnected, X-shaped concrete members. This external structural use of cement became a dramtaic advertisement for the company and its product; Malcolm Leland (b. 1922), a ceramic artist, consulted on the design of the exterior cement facade. Leland was well-known for this collaborations with the Architectural Pottery Company, operated by Max Lawrence (d. 2010) and his wife, Rita. A small construction photo of the American Cement Building appeared in Garrett Eckbo, Urban Landscape Design, (New York: McGraw-Will Book Company, 1964), p. 17.

In 2002, the building was turned into 71 costly live/work lofts.

PCAD id: 5806