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Capitol Records Tower

  • 1750 N. Vine St. Map It
  • Hollywood
  • Building/Architectural Site

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

According to legend, singer Nat King Cole and songwriter Johnny Mercer suggested that the record company's headquarters be shaped like a stack of 45s, influencing the design of this now iconic '50s structure. Or so the story goes. Architect Welton Becket claimed he just wanted to design a structure that economized space, and in so doing, he created the world's first cylindrical office building.

On its south wall, L.A. artist Richard Wyatt's mural Hollywood Jazz, 1945–1972 immortalizes musical greats Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Miles Davis. Pop icons the Beatles are commemorated in stunning photos near the Vine Street entrance, and John Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame out front is a popular gathering spot for fans on his birthday.

The recording studios are beneath the parking lot; all kinds of major artists, including Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, and Radiohead, have filled these echo chambers with sound. At the top of the tower, a blinking light spells out "Hollywood" in Morse code. The building is not open to the public.

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1750 N. Vine St., Los Angeles, California, 90028, USA

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Published 07/06/2016


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