AKA: Jewelry Mart, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1919-1920

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South Hill Street and West Seventh Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Northeast corner of South Hill Street and West Seventh Street.

Building History

In 1920, this building was the 16th venue in the circuit created by vaudeville impresario, Alexander Pantages (1876-1936). Construction began in early 1919, and its opening was planned for around 07/26/1920. It was in this building that Alexander Pantages was accused of raping a 17-year-old dancer, Eunice Pringle (1912-1996), in 1929. Pringle accused Pantages of accosting her in his Pantages Building office; the theatre owner was convicted in a first trial and sentenced to 50 years, although a second trial occurred in which he was exonerated. The trial, conviction and legal fees broke Pantages's health and finances, and probably precipitated his early death in 1936. Pantages was a notorious womanizer, but it is unclear whether the rape charge was valid or whether it was fabricated by business competitors. The architect B. Marcus Priteca believed until the end of his life that Pantages had been set up.

Building Notes

This building contained the Pantages Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles.

PCAD id: 9834