Firestone Tire Building, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #1020
Built: 1937 Declared: 05/30/2012
The Streamline Moderne style is exhibited by this autorelated, one-story commercial building that was built in 1937 near Wilshire Boulevard’s Miracle Mile. A defining characteristic of the structure is the continuous elevation, formed from the curved northwest corner of the building. A bowstring truss roof sits atop the masonry-built structure, its western face highlighted by a unique, cantilevered overhang. Porcelain enamel panels and large, auto access bays punctuate the exterior. Designed as a store and garage by engineer R.E. Ward for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, the retail outlet remains a flagship store in the company’s Los Angeles operations.