With a fairytale design that looks like a combination of Victorian and Bavarian architecture, the Pondella Building is one of the great gems of Sherman Oaks. On Riverside Drive, just west of Woodman Avenue, it seems to hide in plain site in the shadow of a much taller office building across the street from Fashion Square mall.
This 10,614-squarefoot office building was built in 1977, according to Loopnet.com, and designed by architect Thomas Don Knott (unconfirmed). It currently houses a variety of professional businesses. What fun it must be to go to work here everyday.
The brick walkway extends to the curb and is integrated with the city’s sidewalk on Riverside Drive. As the building extends back from the street, it becomes more square and less intricate, but beautiful all the way around.
I’ve often wondered about this building! Thanks for the article.