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Los Angeles Nurses' Club

Los Angeles Nurses' Club
Los Angeles Nurses' Club, 2008
Los Angeles Nurses' Club
Location 245 S. Lucas Ave., Los Angeles, California

34.059659°N 118.260757°W / 34.059659°N 118.260757°W / 34.059659; -118.260757Coordinates: 34.059659°N 118.260757°W / 34.059659°N 118.260757°W / 34.059659; -118.260757

Built 1924
Architect Frauenfelder, John J.
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 95000581[1]
 # 352
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 11, 1995
Designated  1988-04-08[2]

Los Angeles Nurses' Club is a clubhouse and apartment building constructed in 1924 by the Los Angeles Nurses' Club. The club was organized and incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1921.[3]

The club's members conducted several bazaars, some theatre parties, and a dance, raising funds to buy a lot, which they then sold for a profit.[3] By 1923, the club had raised sufficient funds to purchase a hilltop lot at the corner of Third and Lucas Streets.[3][4] The clubhouse was intended to provide a place "where registered nurses may live and enjoy the few quiet hours spared from their arduous duties."[4]

Architect John J. Frauenfelder was hired to design the building.[4] Frauenfelder designed a structure consisting of four stories and a basement. The ground floor had a large living room with a library and fireplace, which was intended to lend a "home-like atmosphere to the clubhouse."[4] Frauenfelder's plans also included an auditorium for lectures and motion pictures. A garden was built at the rear of the building with views of the mountains.[4] The structure included housing for 100 nurses and was also the headquarters of the group's professional activities, including the city's Central Registry for nurses.[5][6] When completed in 1924, the building was the first clubhouse in the United States to be entirely financed and built by and for nurses.[6] The cost of building the structure was $160,000.[6] The "Angelus Sextette", composed of nurses from the Angelus Hospital, sang at the dedication ceremony in 1924.[6]

The building was designated as a Historic-Cultural Monument by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Board in April 1988 (HCM #352),[7] and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

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