AKA: Macy's Pasadena Plaza Department Store, Pasadena, CA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - department stores

Designers: Dexter, Raymond C., Interior Designer (firm); Walker, P.J., and Company, Building Contractors (firm); Wurdeman and Becket, Architects (firm); Welton David Becket (architect); Raymond C, Dexter (architect); Percival J. Walker Sr. (building contractor); Walter Charles Wurdeman (architect)

Dates: constructed 1946-1947

3 stories, total floor area: 314,000 sq. ft.

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401 South Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

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The noted Los Angeles architectural firm of Wurdeman and Becket designed this Pasadena outlet of the Bullock's Department Store chain just after World War II. Wurdeman and Becket also designed the Bullock's Department Store in Palm Springs opened in 10/1947.

Building History

This was an example of a "lone wolf" branch store, opened in 09/1947. Sales were so good at this large department store, that it became an important destination for shoppers; because of this, other stores purchased real estate nearby and built new outlets. Architects Wurdeman and Becket worked with interior designer Raymond C. Dexter and P.J. Walker, the General Contractor.

This was the first large department store designed by Wurdeman and Becket.

Building Notes

In order to draw shoppers from Pasadena and other nearby suburbs in the San Gabriel Valley, Bullock's built an immense parking lot around the store that covered 6 acres. The entire Bullock's site occupied 8 acres.

The American Institute of Architects, Southern California Chapter, bestowed an Honor Award on the Bullock's Pasadena Department Store in 1947.

National Register of Historic Places: 96000776 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 672