S.356 – Anderton Court Shops,
332 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California
The Anderton Court Shops (named for their original owner, Nina Anderton) are the “newest” of the Los Angeles Wright designs, dating to 1952. In the heart of the upscale Rodeo Drive shopping area, this building includes a few features that found use in other buildings – notably the ramp-style walkway that was later used at the Guggenheim Museum. Here the ramp is a tightly-wound series of diamond shapes that surround a small open courtyard below. Planters and a now-dry pool can be found at various levels.
The building’s ramp is open to the public, but the shops are locked. Merchandise precludes a good view of much of the interior details (at least through the windows). Affordable on-street metered parking is available in the area.
Photographed on January 27, 2015.
The angular detail (right) reminds me of the esplanades at Florida Southern College
Right: dry pool
Decorative non-functional steps and planters at the bottom of the ramp