A postcard showing the J.W. Robinson Co. Building has been listed on EBay. And it’s more of a mystery than I expected….
I had a bit of trouble locating the building on Google’s street view before I learned that it was modernized in 1934.
May 24, 1914: The Times publishes an artist’s concept of the new J.W. Robinson store at 7th Street and Grand Avenue. Notice that the actual building has been drastically altered.
According to Richard Longstreth’s “City Center to Regional Mall,” this is what the J. W. Robinson Building looked like, as shown in a photo in the Dick Whittington Collection at USC. Notice that the building isn’t as wide as the one shown on the postcard. Hm. A puzzlement.
Aha! Expanded in 1923:
[Update: Feb. 4, 1934: The 1915 building is to be updated with a “restrained modernistic design.” ]
The building was heavily modified in 1934 and now looks like this:
7th Street and Grand Avenue via Google maps’ street view.