The Last Bookstore: An Iconic Downtown Los Angeles Institution

In 2003, a small independent bookstore opened its doors in a loft in downtown Los Angeles, with the ambitious name of “The Last Bookstore.” From its humble beginnings, it has grown to become a beloved local institution and tourist paradise. The store is now located in the former 22,000-square-foot bank building on Spring Street, designed by renowned architect John Parkinson and Bergstrom in 1914. At the time, downtown Los Angeles was known as “The Wall Street of the West.”The building, now called Spring Arts Tower, is home to a number of creative businesses, artists, film locations and restaurants, which have helped to revive downtown Los Angeles. Inside The Last Bookstore, visitors can find a wide selection of books, including a pile dedicated to books about Los Angeles and another pile of authors from Los Angeles. John Parkinson was also responsible for designing other iconic buildings in the area, such as the Homer Laughlin Building, the Los Angeles City Hall, The Bullocks Wilshire and Union Station. Despite its name, The Last Bookstore is certainly not the last bookstore in Los Angeles. The Last Bookstore has become an iconic destination for book lovers and tourists alike.

It is a place where people can come to explore and discover new books and authors. It is also a place where people can come together to share their love of books and literature. The Last Bookstore is more than just a bookstore; it is an experience that will stay with you long after you leave.

Robert Wildermuth
Robert Wildermuth

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