Myer Siegel was a Los Angeles-based department store, founded by Mr. Myer Siegel (1866-1934), specializing in women's clothing.

Myer Siegel established his store in 1886 at 218 N. Spring St.,[1] at that time selling only children's wear and lingerie.

On April 7, 1896, Siegel married Flora Magnin, daughter of I. Magnin, the San Francisco fine clothing maker and retailer.[2]

In 1897 and 1898, I. Magnin & Co., manufacturers, advertised its wares for retail sale at 237 S. Spring St., noting Myer Siegel as the manager.[3]

The I. Magnin store that Siegel managed moved to 251 S. Broadway on January 2, 1899;[4] on June 19, 1904, I. Magnin announced that the Los Angeles store would henceforth be known as "Myer Siegel".[5]

After a fire destroyed the 251 S. Broadway location, Myer Siegel moved to 455 S. Broadway and then 617 S. Broadway. In 1927 it moved to 733 S. Flower St. near 7th Street, south and west of the Broadway retail district, after upscale J. W. Robinson's opened up its giant 400,000-square-foot (37,000 m2) (eventually 623,700-square-foot (57,940 m2)) flagship along Seventh between Hope and Grand in 1915, and as more upscale shops such as Desmond's and Coulter's were also moving to the district.[6]

By 1934 the company moved to Seventh and Olive, the former quarters of retailer B. H. Dyas and Co. By that time the company had, in addition to its downtown flagship, branches in Pasadena, Hollywood and on Wilshire Boulevard in Miracle Mile.[6]

Its Miracle Mile, Los Angeles store at what is now known as the Dominguez-Wilshire Building, is considered a landmark by the Los Angeles Conservancy and was renovated in 2000.[7] At 5410 Wilshire Boulevard, it had many elements that were innovative at the time: air-cooled fitting rooms, aluminum furniture, exotic woods, metalwork and terrazzo floors. It was financed by and named for the Dominguez family, who received one of the original Spanish land grants in 1784.[8]

Later in December 1937, a branch opened at 1025 Westwood Boulevard in Westwood, Los Angeles designed by Allen Siple. The University of California photo archives notes: "The large glass brick panel above the marquee allowed light to enter the mezzanine, and marble wainscoting flanked the entrance which was paved in travertine. This building is still standing."[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Source for address: Myer Siegel advertisement in the Los Angeles Times, 4 May 1890, p.1
  2. ^ "The Magnin-Meyer Wedding", San Francisco Call, 15 April 1896, p. 8
  3. ^ I. Magnin advertisement in the Los Angeles Times, 16 January 1898, p. 12
  4. ^ "We move Monday to 251 South Broadway", I. Magnin advertisement in the Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec 1898, p.4
  5. ^ Advertisement by I. Magnin, 19 June 1904, Los Angeles Times, p. 12
  6. ^ a b "Meer Siegel Takes Lease". Los Angeles Times. 24 June 1934. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Dominguez-Wilshire Building", Los Angeles Conservancy
  8. ^ "Los Angeles Art Deco", Suzanne Tarbell Cooper et al., p 47
  9. ^ "Myer Siegel Department Store" University of California "Calisphere" photo archives