A whimsical building’s rehab. Several years ago our office was in a building on Wilshire in Beverly Hills playfully known as “the Wedding Cake building”. It was built in 1962 by Edward Durell Stone and known by several names, including Perpetual Savings and Loan and Pacific Mercantile Bank. It was rumored to have been influenced by a neoclassical building in Italy commissioned by Benito Mussolini (now the headquarters of the fashion house Fendi). In the 2000’s, the building was well past its glory days and was in need of some serious rehab. Long gone was the stunning Bertoia Sunburst sculptor adorning the exterior fountain. An L.A. Times article last year enlightened us that it has gone thru a restoration by @montalbaarchitects. We’re thrilled to share some Then and Now pix with you.
Photo and Video credit: © 2022 Estate of Harry Bertoia
Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Kevin Scott, LA Times Article by Carolina A Miranda @cmonstah.