The MacArthur was originally built in 1925 for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, who sought to create a memorial for members who lost their lives during World War I. The building was designed by renowned Art Deco architect Claud Beelman during his time as Senior Partner at the prestigious firm Curlett + Beelman.
Conceived in the Gothic Revival architectural style, the building features enormous angels on each corner of its exterior and a set of antique brass elk antlers above the grand entry to the building. The elaborate interior murals and decorative paintings were designed by Anthony Heinsbergen and Co, noted painter of numerous Los Angeles cultural landmarks. The central design of the lobby ceiling is based on the Villa Madama, a Renaissance era project by Raphael and Giulio Romano.
The Elks later sold the building due to shrinking attendance in their ranks, after which it was transformed into a luxurious hotel set perfectly on the once glamorous MacArthur Park. Today, The MacArthur has been used exclusively for events and filming for the past two decades. The MacArthur will soon become a hotel once more.
607 S. Park View Street
Los Angeles, CA — 90057
The MacArthur was built in 1925 by the Elks, who originally designated it Elk’s Lodge Number 99. Throughout the years, The MacArthur has entertained some of the most illustrious characters in Hollywood and has been featured in countless films, television shows and commercials. During the 1932 Summer Olympics, The MacArthur also hosted a number of the indoor swimming events in its basement pool.
When the Elks sold the building in the early 1970s, the building was transformed into one of the most coveted luxury hotels in Los Angeles: The Park Plaza Hotel. However, as the area surrounding MacArthur Park
became increasingly dangerous, The MacArthur fell into disrepair. The building then became a popular venue for underground punk rock shows throughout the 80s and 90s.
During this time, many of the surrounding landmarks on Wilshire Boulevard fell prey to the wrecking ball. Despite this, the City of Los Angeles thought the architecture of The MacArthur significant enough to designate it as a Historic-Cultural Monument. Under new ownership, The MacArthur is currently being restored to its original grandeur.