Hugo Ballin (1879 - 1956) was born in New York. He attended the Art Students League and studied in Rome and Florence. Though he was primarily involved in the movie industry as a producer and stage designer, Ballin received commissions for the most prestigious murals executed in Los Angeles during the late 1920s and early 1930s. His murals can be seen in the rotunda of the Griffith Park Observatory, the sanctuary of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and in the lobbies of the Los Angeles Times Building, One Bunker Hill, and the Title Guarantee Building.
The text has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, October 1999.
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