City of angels, indeed – L.A. resident searches for architectural artifacts

Recently author J. Eric Lynxwiler wrote to the L.A. Observed blog to inquire about a missing person – sort of.

Actually, he was looking for thirty-five of them, and “they” are giant art-deco angels.

These 1.5-ton golden beauties once graced the Richfield Oil Building,  which was built in 1929 and demolished in 1968.  During the building’s heyday, forty giant angelic caryatids watched over Flower Street in Downtown L.A.

At least five have been salvaged – Lynxwiler’s, and another four reside at UC Santa Barbara – but the whereabouts of the other 35 are unknown.

Below, one of the few photos of the angels hanging out together, courtesy of the Historic American Buildings Survey.  You can find more here.

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