California Club Building
1930 – Robert David Farquhar
538 South Flower Street – map
The California Club moved into this building, its fourth home, in 1930.
Founded in 1887, the California Club is a private social club. The only way you can become a member is by invitation (I check my mailbox every day…. still waiting). Women were admitted only beginning in 1987, meaning for a full century the men didn’t have to worry about putting the seat down. But times change. Times change.
Robert D. Farquhar designed the Renaissance Revival/Beaux Arts building, and, according to David L. Clark’s A History of the California Club, 1887-1987, he (Farquhar, not Clark) won a Distinguished Honor Award from the AIA, the American Institute of Architects, for his design. Farquhar also designed Beverly Hills High and HCM No. 28, the Williams Andrew Clark Memorial Library.
The back - southeast - side of the California Club.
A brief Los Angeles Times article on August 26, 1930, reported there was no formal ceremony when the building was first occupied the day before ("in sharp contrast to the pretentious quarters'"). The same piece also states the structure cost $3,250,000 and that membership was limited to 1,000.
See if you can spot the yellow-green PED XING sign. It's kind of subtle.
Just a heads up – when you do become a member, make sure you’re acquainted with the dress code.
Up next: Hangar No. 1 Building