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Edison Building Rotunda Detail (2015)

Detail of the rotunda entrance to the lobby of One Bunker Hill, originally the Southern California Edison Building, at the corner of Fifth and Olive Streets. Above the entrances are two of the three friezes by Robert Merrell Gage. The heroic male figure spilling water from an amphora onto a water wheel represents hydroelectric power. The figure to the right holding a torch (with a light bulb in place of a frame) represents electric light. The third frieze, to the right of the “electric light” panel, is currently covered by a tree.

Also visible are the classic Art Deco geometric ornamentation beneath the friezes and above the entrances. And below the “electric light” frieze are holes for the lettering of a sign announcing one of the building’s former occupants.


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