Title Guarantee and Trust Building
In the 1920s, the rapid growth of the film industry in Hollywood, in combination with the discovery of oil in Signal Hill near Long Beach, stimulated unprecedented economic and industrial development in the southland. Economic growth fueled population growth, and by the end of the decade, Los Angeles was a home to over 1.2 million residents and was the fastest growing city in the country. This portion of the exhibit explores the impact of this explosive growth on Hugo Ballin's career as a mural painter, the Los Angeles art scene and the landscape of the city itself. Follow this path to learn more about the changes in Ballin's painting style in the late 1920s and early 1930s, as reflected in his murals at the Title Guarantee and Trust Building and other corporate commissions downtown.
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