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Variante de El eco de oro (1966), de Mathias Goeritz, en una de las terrazas, Oficinas de la firma ‘R. Legorreta V. Arquitectos’, Palacio Versalles 285, Lomas de Reforma, México, DF

Foto.  Julius Shulman (Getty Research Institute)

Variation of the ‘El eco de oro’ (Golden Eco) (1966) by Mathais Goeritz on a terrace, Offices of the firm ‘R. Legorreta V. Arquitectos’, Palacio Versalles 285, Lomas de Reforma, Mexico City  

The Union Oil Center was completed in 1958 and became the highest building in downtown Los Angeles (mostly thanks to the convenient hill it is situated upon). 

This neighborhood became known for the 19th century oil boom. However, come the ‘90s, the building was up for demolition. Saved by Hollywood, this building became the Los Angeles Center Studios complete with a “vertical backlot.” What other SoCal oil buildings have transformed in time? The Huntington has one.  

We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.

Union Oil Center, 1957, Julius Shulman. Getty Research Institute. Julius Shulman Photography Archive.