Photographer's Note

Back in downtown Los Angeles. This is the Title Guaranty Building, aka. Guaranty Trust Building on 401 West 5th Street. It's built in an art deco style and using what is known as "zig zag" design, as it is a product of the hight restriction days. Until 1964 there was a city ordinance forbidding buildings over 13 floors, due to the earthquake threat.

However, by placing machinery, engine room, water supply aso. on top of the building, in reality it got higher without breaking the law. And using the mentioned design, which means tapering off the upper part, an illusion of the building being higher than reality was created.

In 1931 when the building was completed, this was very important, as building high was a sign of wealth and prosperity in a nationwide race. And even today it's mere 63m/207ft stand well up against the 228m/749ft of the sixty years younger Gas Company Tower from 1991!

Post pro: Cropped, ran autolevels and adjusted brightness -5 & contrast +5, resized, sharpened, framed (color from sunshade windows) and saved for Web (<200kB).

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