The Capital Records building in Los Angeles is a cool building and was the first circular office building. It was built in 1956. It has a number of recording studios in it and at one time was called “The House that Nat Built” as a tribute to Nat King Cole who contributed financially to it.
The blinking light on the top of the tower has spelled out “Hollywood” in Morse Code since the place opened. Interestingly, the daughter of Samuel Morse is the one who flipped the switch to turn it on. I like the significance of that. For a brief time in 1992, it flashed “Capitol 50” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the label.
The Tower was in the movies Earthquake and The Day after Tomorrow. Did you remember that? The funny thing is, the building is actually earthquake resistant and was constructed to be so. I love that they showed it collapsing in the movie.
This is a really awesome looking building and you can’t miss it if you drive in Hollywood.