Originally Posted by HossC
Another I Magnin further west along Wilshire. In front of Saks Fifth Avenue is an attractive little building housing Nobby Knit Shops. In the background is Haggarty's, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, a Bank of America and the Warner Beverly Hills Theater.
Saks Fifth Avenue now extends across the site occupied by Nobby Knit Shops. At some point they seem to have filled in all the windows on the side of the building.
The old I Magnin store, including an extra floor on the roof, is now also Saks Fifth Avenue.
Saks Fifth Avenue grew and grew, starting on the corner of Peck and Wilshire, in the late 30s, in a John and Donald Parkinson building (Paul Revere Williams did the interiors):
Massively successful, SFA expanded west down the block in 1940 and 1948. This time PRW was the architect for the exterior and the interiors:
Since completing the block, and expanding into the Magnin's building, I think they're done.
(Too bad they didn't mirror the Parkinson building):
I've always really liked the interiors at SFA (the exterior too) but could never find anything I wanted there.
The painted windows makes the store look more than a little blind.
The large department store I worked for covered the insides of the windows with fake Venetian blind sticky film and then dry-walled over them or used the window spaces for stockrooms, etc. (retailers don't want customers to be aware of the time). It gave a nicely uniform look (but they don't do it anymore).