815 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA
Name: FINE ARTS BUILDING
Alternate Name: GLOBAL MARINE HOUSE
Artist, actual title unknown. If you know any history of this architectural detail, I’d love to hear it.
the richly embellished Romanesque facade is accented with architectural sculpture that Burt Johnson executed under a commission from Edwards & Wildey, the building’s general contractor. Two giant figures representing “Architecture” on the viewer’s left and “Sculpture” on the viewer’s right, lean against ledges on the third story. An Ionic capital at the foot of “Architecture” and a partially carved torso at the foot of “Sculpture” symbolize their respective crafts. Two nude figures are perched on ledges at the 9th story and two 12’ high panels titled “Inspiration” mark the 12th story.