Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company Office
The former home office of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company tells a fascinating story of African Americans in Los Angeles, throughout California, and nationally.
This historic building is a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
What became the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company was founded in 1925 by William Nickerson, Jr.; Norman Oliver Houston;
and George Allen Beavers, Jr.
It was one of the first companies to offer life insurance to African Americans in Los Angeles, who were routinely denied coverage.
The company filled a huge void, grew very quickly, and by 1945 was the largest black-owned business west of the Mississippi River.
The existing building is a five story historical building.
This project scope was to repaint and restore the building back to its historical appearance including renovate the lobby and auditorium, restore the second floor cafeteria as an employee lunch room, convert the second, third and fourth floor office into a contemporary open office, and convert the fifth floor executive office to either SCLARC executive office or as a conference center.