50′ x 100′
Mendotta Block, 2667 Main Street, northeast corner of Hill and Main. Legal address is 2663 Main St. An early commercial building restored to its original condition that is now owned by Comedian Bill Cosby.
In 1966, James Turrell purchased the Mendota Block that had formerly been a hotel. Turrell proceeded to augment sections of this building through the construction of additional walls, smoothly plastering surfaces and painting entire rooms (floors included) a stark white. Turrell used meticulously carved-out holes in the walls of the hotel and projection techniques to create poetic light-forms that at times took on multi-dimensional qualities, transforming the hotel to studio and then finally to the work itself.
In 1974, a group of Hollywood investors bought up his entire block in Ocean Park, forcing Turrell and several other artists, including Sam Francis and Richard Diebenkorn, to find new studios. Richard Diebenkorn moved into a new building at 2444 Main St. in Ocean Park.