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Now known as One Bunker Hill, this 14 story building was originally the headquarters of the Southern California Edison Company. On the exterior of the entryway into the art deco building, there are three figures representing light, power and hydroelectric energy.

If you are passing by, be sure to pop into the lobby, decorated with 25 different types of marble, for a look around. Not unlike banks of the day, the Edison building lobby was designed to impress, you'd want your customers, who unlike today would come there to pay their bills in person, to feel secure about their energy company. It was fittingly one of the first all electric heated and cooled buildings in the US.

The mural hanging over the reception desk is by Hugo Ballin, titled The Apotheosis of Power. You can see Benjamin Franklin and Dr. William Gilbert, a 16th century English doctor who made significant discoveries about static electricity, on the right side of the mural, and at the bottom the worker that makes electricity possible.

Be sure to also take a look at the old photographs in the hallway by the exit opposite the main entrance to see the Edison sign that at one time topped the building.

Located at 601 W. 5th Street at Grand

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  • Written Nov 1, 2006
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