Miracle Mile Historical Photo Collection

Interior Coulter’s Department Store, circa 1938

View of the interior of Coulter’s Department Store, the ladies undergarments department, with open merchandising spaces punctuated by columns, service areas along the perimeter and horizontal cabinets with rounded corners. Girdles are displayed on the cabinets along with flower bouquets and svelte statuettes. Staff, dressed in black and wearing corsages, pose behind the service counters. Designed by Stiles O. Clements, this classic Streamline Moderne building was first occupied in 1938 by Coulter’s Dry Goods. In the 1970s, the store changed hands and became a Broadway. After the building was demolished in 1980, the site remained vacant until the late-2000s, when a 5-story mixed-use structure was built. (Security Pacific National Bank Collection; Los Angeles Public Library)

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