This past Sunday, we were able to enjoy a members-only event for the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. The Coca-Cola Building in Los Angeles, or The Ship, opened its doors to us for a special tour of the West Region Headquarters. While they normally do not allow photographs, the company gave permission for us to take photos to our hearts content, and we took full advantage of this rare opportunity.
The “ship” was built in 1939 in the Streamline Moderne style. You can clearly see the attention to detail put in to making it resemble a ship, both on the outside as well as the inside, with portholes, rivets, life saving rings, and a bridge. The large beam with rivets you see? Not steel – while sturdy looking, it is made from wood. This large painting hangs inside of the building. Don’t look, but she has two right feet. While there were cubicles and cubbies like normal corporate offices, those themed touches made the workplace unique and charming. I, of course, had to pose on the grand staircase, imagining myself coming down to dinner on a grand liner.