I drive by this funky unit on my way home. It's just about 4 blocks away. Two doors to the left of it sits the Vista theater showing The Phantom Menace.
On this site and the site of the Vista stood the sets for D.W. Griffiths "Intolerance" back in 1906. The sets, giant replicas of the temples of Babylon, stood for 8 years after the movie came out (and flopped, btw). They were the tallest thing on the landscape for miles around, (remember, it's 1906) and could been seen from many places by many people for many years.
Now... If I could just obtain some aerial shots of those!