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Capitol Records Building

One of the most distinctive and iconic landmarks in Hollywood is the 13 story Capitol Records tower near the corner of Hollywood and Vine that was constructed in 1955 and 1956. A bit of trivia many people are not aware of: the blinking light on top of the building spells out the world "Hollywood" in Morse code, and it has been doing that since the building first opened in 1956. In September of 2006, building owner sold the building and some adjacent property for about $50 million to New York developer Argent Ventures.
Capitol Records Building and Jazz Miral in Hollywood

Photo Credit: Andrew Dunn licensed under CC 2.0




Facts About the Capitol Records Building
ALSO KNOWN AS: Capitol Records Tower
BUILT: Between 1954 and 1956
ARCHITECT: Welton Becket and Associates
ARCHITECTURE: Googie Style
HEIGHT: 151 feet (including Antenna Spire)
NUMBER OF FLOORS: 13
NUMBER OF ELEVATORS: 3

City Historic Landmark Status
The Capitol Records Building was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument by the city of Los Angeles on November 15, 2006.

Jazz Mural on the Capitols Records Building
The mural on the south wall of the Capitol Records Building was created by artist Richard Wyatt and it is entitled "Hollywood Jazz: 1945-1972". The mural is 88 feet long and 26 feet high and it includes images of Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker, Tito Puente, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Shelly Manne, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington

Light Atop the Capitol Records Building
The blinking light on top of the tower spells the word H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D in Morse code.

Location of the Capitol Records Building
STREET ADDRESS: 1750 Vine Street
NEIGHBORHOOD: Hollywood Neighborhood
CITY: Los Angeles City
COUNTY REGION: Central LA Region
LOCATION: Central Area Los Angeles County

Capitol Records Building Resources
- Capitol Records - Official Web Site
- Capitol Studios - Official Web Site
- Discover Los Angeles "Capitol Records Building" Article
- Millennium Hollywood "Capitol Records Building" Article
- Wikipedia "Capitol Records Building" Article


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