Anderton Court Shops

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    Context view looking north on North Rodeo Drive
    7/17/2007 (creation)
Related person
Frank Lloyd Wright (was created by)
1952 (creation)
North and Central America->United States->California (CA)->Los Angeles (county)->Beverly Hills
In 1952, Frank Lloyd Wright completed his last Los Angeles building, the Anderton Court Shops, a small three-story group of shops. The entrance to all the shops is off of an angular ramp which wraps around an open parallelogram as it leads upward to the shops. Four shops were envisioned (around a central light well) with the penthouse space, an apartment. Like the Marin Civic Center, this is another example of a secular Wright building with a "steeple". The inverted front elevation stands out in sharp contrast to its traditional, flat-front urban neighbors. Since the Anderton Court Center's completion, the space has been subdivided. Today the complex consists of six small shops; three on each side, each staggered a half-floor from one another and offset by the ramp. The facade, which was once light buff with oxidized-copper-color trim, has been painted white with black detailing. Today's canopy and signage are later additions, not consistent with Wright's original design. It is on the National Register.
Twentieth century (LCSH)
Modernist (AAT)