653 N. La Cienega Blvd,
is the location of Matilda’s art gallery and Sam Franklin’s studio in Columbo’s episode, “Suitable for Framing”. Aired in 1971, what does it look like nearly 49 years later?
Crossing Melrose Place, the building sported a modern, cube-like design with 5 distinct columns with 4 large light fixtures dropped from the ceiling like missiles. It’s neighbor, the building to our right, has a cantilever protruding from the second floor. A modest hedge separates the two lots.
At present, it’s home to Jonathan Simkhai, a luxury-end fashion store. While the columns remain, there had been some remodeling adding trim between the two floors where the store name is branded. Their neighbor added an awning and the hedge is much taller. The menacing missile-like light fixtures are replaced with something smaller and more subtle. Some things haven’t changed in LA, little to no parking.