Golden State Insurance Building
(Los Angeles, CA)
The Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company was founded by William Nickerson, Jr., Norman Oliver Houston, and George Allen Beavers, Jr. in 1925. Golden State became one of the first companies to offer life insurance to African Americans in Los Angeles, who were routinely denied coverage.
In 1949, the growing company moved into a new custom-built home office designed by renowned architect Paul Revere Williams. Located at 1999 West Adams Boulevard, the Late Moderne style building included two murals by noted African American artists Charles Alston and Hale Woodruff in the upper portion of the double-height lobby. Titled The Negro in California History, the murals depict the experience of African Americans in California from 1527 to 1949. The oil-on-canvas murals each measure more than sixteen feet long and nine feet tall.
Owner: South Central Los Angeles Regional Center
Architect: AE3 Partners
Vendor: Glazing Concepts, Inc.
General Contractor: KSJ Construction LLC
Restoration Contractor: Spectra Company