New Use = New Life

“Adapting the Bullock’s Wilshire building for the Southwestern Law School Library was a chance to serve two important components of LA’s cultural life: an irreplaceable landmark structure and the up and coming law school. New use meant new life as well as a connection to the past.”

Landmark to Law School: STIR Architecture's conversion of the historic 1929 Bullock's Wilshire department store building into a state-of-the-art library for Southwestern Law School preserved the famous architectural details of the so-called “Cathedral of Commerce,” as it incorporated new furniture and building systems into an ideal location for contemporary study and research. Library functions were seamlessly inserted amid the beauty of the Art Deco interiors. The layout respected the compartmentalization of the building into small rooms that once served as retail boutiques. Custom-designed furniture reflects the craftsmanship and character of the original store, such as bookcases with warm tones and patterns that recall clothing display racks.

  • 2005 24th Annual President’s Award, Los Angeles Conservancy
  • 2000 Preservation Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2000 Historic Preservation Honor Award, AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter
  • 1999 Restoration and Adaptive Re-Use, Windsor Square - Hancock Park Historical Society
  • 1998 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award, State of California Office of Historic Preservation
  • 1998 Cultural Award, Historic Restoration/Renovation, Los Angeles Headquarters Association
  • 1997 Historic Preservation Award of Excellence, Cultural Heritage Commission of Los Angeles
  • 1997 Urban Beautification Architectural Award, Institutional Use, Los Angeles Business Council
  • 1997 Design Award, Renovation & Historic Preservation, Downtown Breakfast Club of Los Angeles



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