Bekins Van Lines was founded in 1891 in Sioux City, Iowa,
by two young Dutch immigrant brothers, Martin and John Bekins. Martin moved
west four years later, first to Omaha, Neb., and then Los
In its heyday the Bekins Co. owned more than 100 storage
buildings in 14 states. In an attempt to streamline its operations in the face
of stiff competition, Bekins began selling off its real estate in the early
1980s. By 1983, when purchased by Minstar Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn.,
Bekins' stock of warehouses had been reduced to 55.
After doing a little research I discovered that the building was just known as the "Auditorium" until the Los Angeles Philharmonic moved there in the early 1920's. As it pertained to buildings, the title of "World's Largest" or "World's Tallest" was a moving target through the early part of the century. In typical Los Angeles style, there is a parking lot now in the Auditoriums former location.
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