From the Los Angeles Times “…Ferus injected energy into the scene with Andy Warhol’s first-ever solo show. Warhol’s appearance helped galvanize a sense that Los Angeles — a new city, steeped in popular culture and shiny materials like plastic — could become a pop art capital. And the careers of major figures such as the deadpan Ed Ruscha developed with Ferus as a showplace.”
Its 10-foot-high murals were painted in 1935 by Hugo Ballin, who also painted the Griffith Observatory rotunda, and represent some of the finest murals produced in Los Angeles during the 1930s. The focal point is an aluminum globe, 5 1/2 feet in diameter, set on a bronze pedestal. The globe completes a rotation every five minutes. Surrounding the base are bronze bas-reliefs symbolizing industry, religion, science and art along with minor reliefs representing the American Indian, the Greek scholar, the Zulu warrior and the Chinese Mandarin. The lobby also includes a historical exhibit showcasing the first 100 years of The Times. It is open to visitors weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sam Rummel had been mobster Mickey Cohen’s attorney and a voice for various underworld figures when he was shot down outside his house Laurel Canyon house late one night in December 1950. He was killed as he walked through the gate, heading up the stairs.