1455 Fourth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Lido Hotel Apartments

Known As:
Architect: Harbin F. Hunter
Built: 1931
Designated: November 12, 2001

The Lido marked the eastward expansion of downtown in the 1920s, with this large residential building replacing wood frame houses. Such a large-scale project was unusual during the Depressionand provided housing for people of modest means. The architecture is pure Art Deco, executed in Roman brick.

Vertical piers carry the eye upwards to the striking blue terra cotta figurines at the top. These Egyptian-inspired accents recall the excitement created by the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922 and the subsequent popularity of Egyptian motifs in architecture.

Lively surfaces are created through varied brick patterns – horizontal for the piers, vertical under the windows, and diagonal to create chevrons at the topThe storefronts, with their horizontal lines, are Streamline Moderne.

Sources:

  1. Santa Monica Conservancy. “Downtown Walking Tour.”