AKA: Texaco, Incorporated, Office Building #1, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Crane, C. Howard, Architect (firm); Scofield Engineering Construction Company (firm); Walker and Eisen, Architects (firm); Charles Howard Crane (architect); Percy Augustus Eisen (architect); Edson Mason Scofield (building contractor); Albert Raymond Walker (architect)

Dates: constructed 1927

13 stories, total floor area: 74,000 sq. ft.

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931 South Broadway
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90015-1609

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Located in the United Artists Theater and Office Building;

Building History

This building at one time housed Texaco's Southern California operations. Later, the company moved its Los Angeles headquarters to 3350 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 9005; the building also houses the United Artist's Theatre, whose design was by the Los Angeles firm of Walker and Eisen in association with the Detroit-based architect, C. Howard Crane. It is a rare example of a Crane design on the West Coast.

The cost of the UA Theatre Building on Broadway in Los Angeles was said to have been $3.5 million. At its opening, the California Petroleum Corporation signed a rental contract leasing all offices in the building for 30 years at a cost of $3 million. Given the initial cost in 1927, its measly $11 million price in 2011 indicated how much renovation work needed to be done in the office tower and theatre.

Building Notes

The United Artists Theatre occupied 50% of the space in the 13-story Texaco Building. The Scofield Engineering-Construction Company, the building contractor, ran a three-shift, 24-hour-a-day operation in 07/1927 to finish the concrete walls of the office building by a Thanksgiving 1927 deadline. It didn't make the deadline, but opened soon thereafter. Combined, the office tower and theatre contain 93,783 square feet within a 23,850-square-foot property.


New ownership after 2011 began a restoration process, in preparation for the complex to become an Ace Hotel. Its exterior was scrubbed to reveal a white not yellow tint.

PCAD id: 763