Giannini Place – 505 West Seventh Street, Downtown Los Angeles, California USA
Giannini Place located at 505 West 7th Street, Downtown Los Angeles, California is a 1922 Neoclassical Structure designed by Morgan, Walls and Morgan, an influential architecture firm with roots in Los Angeles dating back to the 1870s. It was originally built by Amadeo Pietro Giannini founder and owner of the Bank of Italy which later became Bank of America.
I live directly across 7th Street from Giannini Place in a 5th floor loft in the Mandel. My wall facing the street has three 5’x 9′ industrial windows perfect for looking out at the other historic buildings on the block. Even more perfect is the fact that Giannini Place has been vacant since the 1990s so there is no one looking back at me.
I love the terra cotta tiles and the elaborate bronze front doors behind a row of eight three-story Corinthian columns now nearly blocked from view by several overgrown and unruly ficus trees. A few days ago, I went to the window around 9:00 am and loved the way light was playing on the Corinthian columns and ficus trees so I grabbed my camera and tripod and took the above photo. I hope I have captured within the frame the essence of this grand old building, vacant, forgotten, and still beautiful…when the light is right.
Nikon D3 DSLR, AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200 mm f/2.8D ED, Manfrotto 3221 with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head, exposure: f/16.0, 1/25 sec., ISO 200, exposure index -1.33, exposure program: aperture priority, focal length: 116.0 mm