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Los Angeles

Capitol Records Building

Also known as Capitol Records Tower located in the Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment District in Los Angeles, this is a thirteen storey tower designed by Welton Becket that remains a distinctive landmark for the city. Constructed by British company EMI after acquisition of Capitol Records, the building was erected in 1956 and holds the West Coast operations of Capitol Records.

The structure is home to the recording studios and echo chambers of Capitol Studios and is on the List of Registered Historic Places in Los Angeles. The wide curved awnings over windows on each storey and the tall spike emerging from the top of the building resemble a stack of records on a turntable. The rectangular ground floor is a separate structure joined to the tower after completion. The blinking light atop the tower spells out the word "Hollywood" in Morse code.