Oviatt History


The Oviatt Building, erected in 1927, was the first Art Deco building in Los Angeles.  Designed by Albert Walker and Percy Eisen, it was lavishly embellished with French marble and more than 30 tons of Lalique's art glass- the largest shipment of its kind ever to pass through the Panama Canal.

The Penthouse, created for Oviatt's own use, was outfitted with Lalique's custom lighting treatments and exquisite floors and cabinetry by the celebrated French firm Saddier et Fils.  It was recognized as a masterpiece from the moment of its completion.  The splendor of the interior was matched by the bi-level rooftop gardens, which boasted a small pond and the large tennis court (now our kitchen).

Hailed by Oviatt's contemporaries as "a castle in the air", the Penthouse was the of site legendary parties for decades.  The Oviatt Building is a cultural monument and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The Oviatt Penthouse and lobby have been painstakingly restored to their former splendor.  The original site of Alexander and Oviatt is now occupied by the Cicada Restaurant, and the Penthouse continues it’s tradition of hospitality and glamour as an exclusive reception venue.