History

Originally known as the “Title Guarantee Block” and built in 1913, the nine-story Jewelry Trades Building has a light colored terra cotta exterior with ornamentation of the Renaissance period. Designed by Morgan, Walls and Morgan, who also designed numerous Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monuments, the original interior of Title Guarantee Block was finished in Italian marble, plate glass and oak. Floors three through nine were built to house upscale retailers, and were unique for a downtown building in 1913. All of the suites faced a wide corridor that was designed to resemble a street, and the walls were made entirely of marble and plate glass for each tenant to make a window display if desired. The Jewelry Trades Building is both listed as a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and is on the National Register of Historic Places.