Bullocks Wilshire was the most glamorous department store Los Angeles ever knew. The art deco masterpiece opened one month before the stock market crash of 1929 and featured a sumptuous interior filled with exotic woods, rose marble, and gold leaf. It remained a grande dame filled with gowns and fancy pen sets even after Macy’s acquired the store in 1988 and even after severe riot damage in 1992, the store remained open another year, until it was stripped and shuttered by Macy’s. Southwestern Law School saved the day when it adapted the historic building into a new campus with a library, classrooms, and even mock courtrooms.
The school opens the beloved landmark to the community one weekend a year for a series of self-guided tours available by appointment only. A few departure times are still available for Sunday, August 2 tours by calling the alumni office at 213.738.6814 today (Friday) before 5pm. Call now!
If you are especially interested in helping to restore this building you can sponsor the Friends of Bullocks Wilshire for as low as $100. Members are invited to a $55 private tour on Saturday, August 1 that includes either a luncheon or high tea in the legendary tea room restaurant. Kick over a bigger donation and maybe you will be invited to visit the tower for a nighttime cocktail reception in the private suite of the original owner! Get over there this weekend and enjoy strolling the salons that dressed Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, and Mae West so long ago.