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The Arden is part of a remarkable lineage of buildings that tells the story of Los Angeles


Built in 1929, The Bilicke (as it was then known), was a 7-story mixed use space designed by Morgan, Walls, and Clements, the architecture firm responsible for the Eastern Building a few blocks away and the Mayan Theater downtown – two of LA’s most notable Art Deco landmarks.


Located in one of the most fashionable districts in town for its time, The Arden was once anchored by pioneering cosmetics brand Elizabeth Arden, with its emblematic red door. Two doors down, Perino’s was one of the most iconic restaurants in the Golden Age of Hollywood, known for its upscale dining and celebrity clientele – Mae West was a regular, Bette Davis had a booth on permanent reserve, and Frank Sinatra would come in to play the piano.


In 1959 the building was repurposed into a commercial building occupied by The Southern Federal Savings Bank. Designed by J. E. Dolena, the architect responsible for Walt Disney’s personal estate, its reimagined style reflects the sleek, functional aesthetic of that forward-thinking modernist era.

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