Sadly Ironic

With some time to kill before meeting up with the iaal•maf near LaFayette Park for a downtown art ride followed by some barbecue and beers at Spring Street Smokehouse I rolled around the way a bit, snapping

I’ve long admired the Bullocks Wilshire building and equally appreciated the Southwestern School of Law for taking possession of it and keeping it intact, but this was my first time this close to it and the bas relief above its front door, whose inscription reads “To build a business that will never know completion.”

That “completion” started when Bullocks left the building in 1988. Retail operations continued under the I. Magnin name until 1993 when the completion became permanent.

One might argue that the legal profession is a business much better suited to never knowing completion and thus it’s appropriate that Southwestern has assumed ownership, but still… I don’t think this is quite what John G. Bullock and P.G. Winnett had in mind when they conceived this landmark.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."