Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Parkinson and Bergstrom, Architects (firm); George Edwin Bergstrom (architect); John Parkinson (architect)

Dates: constructed 1911-1912

11 stories

131 West 5th Street
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Robert Arnold Rowan, Sr., (1875-1918), President of the R.A. Rowan and Company, financed the construction of the Rowan Building. In its early years, it served as a major office building for legal and brokerage firms. Rowan and Company, in 1914, dealt in real estate, insurance and loans. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1914, p. 1934.) Rowan founded the highly successful R.A. Rowan and Company in 1904, and was responsible for many office towers built during the 1910s in Los Angeles's central business district, including the Title Insurance Building, Security Building, and the Title Guaranty Building. His firm also developed the Windsor Square residential neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Building History

The developer Tom Gilmore purchased the Rowan Building in 2000 with an eye to convert it into loft housing.

PCAD id: 628