Douglas Building


257 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


The Douglas Building, a five-story classical revival structure, curves elegantly around the corner of Third and Spring Streets near the northern end of today's downtown commercial district. It is one of the few remaining examples of commercial architecture still in existence in downtown from late 1800s. During its heyday, the heart of the downtown commercial district revolved around the Douglas Building, the Bradbury and Sumner Hunt's Irvine-Byrne Building. Douglas Building tenants included the chief ticket office of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, Desmond's Men's Store and Eagleson's Men's Store.

Thomas Douglas Stimson, a retired lumber baron from Chicago, moved to Los Angeles in the early 1890s and started working with real estate development. His residence, a massive three and a half story brown ashlar sandstone house at 2421 S. Figueroa, was designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, with Flemish Gothic stepped gables, a massive tower, columns and Gothic arches. It still stands and is now used as a convent.