Tuesday, March 9, 2010
One of Los Angeles's most famous mid-century modernist landmarks, the Century Plaza Hotel, has been saved from demolition after the building's owner, Next Century Associates, decided to preserve it. Next Century had previously announced its intent to demolish Century Plaza and replace it with new condos and shops, but after preservation groups--led by the Los Angeles Conservancy and National Trust--argued to save it, Next Century went back to the drawing board. (Century Plaza appeared on the National Trust's 2009 list of endangered landmarks.) Although a portion of the hotel will still contain condos, the building's architecture will remain intact, along with its historic use.
Century Plaza's architect, Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the hotel in 1966, is more often recognized as the designer of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers. Click here for a link to learn more about the preservation fight, including images of what Next Century originally planned to construct, and here to learn more about the result.
Will Cook, Charleston School of Law