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Century Plaza Hotel (1966) by Minoru Yamasaki

Postby nichols » Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:15 pm

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Developer proposes to demolish Century Plaza hotel
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Two 50-story towers that would replace the hotel in a developer’s $2-billion plan.
Michael Rosenfeld, who bought the property for $366.5 million last May, calls for razing the 19-story arc-shaped hotel and erecting two 50-story towers in its place.

By Roger Vincent and Martha Groves
December 18, 2008

The new owner of the Century Plaza hotel has revealed bold plans to demolish the renowned facility and replace it with two sleek skyscrapers containing condominiums, stores, offices and a smaller luxury hotel...

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-c ... 6049.story

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Postby Thoroughly Modern Michael » Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:06 pm

I, for one, would be very sad to see this beautiful hotel razed. The curve of the hotel serves as a wonderful counterpoint to the rectangularity of Century City.

In the LA Times article, the developer mentions making Century City more pedestrian. This is a laughable idea. Century City was clearly designed for an automotive experience. The blocks are huge and getting from Point A to Point B is inevitably a huge walk. I've stayed at the CP many times, and just getting from the hotel to the mall next door is a huge schlep.

Years ago, noted Palm Springs architect E. Stewart Williams told me he was designing a hotel for the Western Hotel Group (later Westin) in Palm Springs, and he designed several prototype rooms at the Palm Springs hotel for use in the hotel they were building in LA (the CP) and they utilized a variety of elements from these rooms in the final design.

Also, it often comes up on Priceline, which it makes it a reasonable 4* in LA. :D

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Postby AdamB » Thu Dec 25, 2008 10:03 pm

I work nearby and have spent a good amount of time on that property and would be very impressed if they can pull this off. Within the past four years that area has had some really major changes.

The build out of the new Century condo's on the footprint of the former hotel tower next door, the CAA building across the street, plans to develop the Northeast corner with condos and the proposal to kill off the westernmost Gateway building now owned by Westfield are some of the things in the two block radius that have been going on.

For some reason, money keeps pouring into these deals and my guess is that the hotel business doesn't generate as much income as housing and office space does.

One thing I find interesting is that each development leverages off existing neighbors but if this hotel goes dark the nearest on is the old Park Plaza down the street. I can't remember who runs it now but it was the Park Hyatt not too long ago.

The Century condo is supposed to come with a membership to the pricey Equinox which sits right behind the hotel. If that gets demo'd do the residents there get a replacement gym? I used to pay about $225 a month for membership there so it could add up to a pretty major benefit no longer being given to the residents.

Even more of a bummer is that the over-priced X-Bar may be no longer with us. I've had a few of their sweet drinks over the past year and would be sad to see it go.

Even with all the new residential projects in the area I don't know too many people that can afford to live there. Prices in the area are still require you to be a millionaire to afford the rent.

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Postby Futura Girl » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:17 pm

gee whiz...

i have stayed there twice in the last couple of years - HINT: you can get great rates there through priceline - don't be a namby pamby and really bid low :)

but what a shame it would be - no a crime to loose this masterpiece of the century city master plan.

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Postby nichols » Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:45 pm

GREAT Carlos Diniz rendering of the Century Plaza in Modernism Magazine this month...

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Now added to the National Trust's list of Eleven Most Endangered Buildings.


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Postby nichols » Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:17 am

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Threatened Century Plaza Hotel Gets Huge Boost from Preservationists
Tuesday, April 28, 2009, by Dakota

A move that might derail developer Michael Rosenfeld's plans to tear down the Century Plaza Hotel and build hotel/condo towers on the site, today the National Trust for Historic Preservation included the Minoru Yamasaki-designed hotel at 2025 Avenue of the Stars on its 2009 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The designation of the 1966 mid-century modern hotel is hugely notable: Of the 211 endangered places announced by the Washington-based National Trust for Historic Preservation over the last 22 years, only 6 of the sites have been destroyed...


...Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, Calif.— Opened in 1966, the 19-story curved hotel, designed by renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki, who would later design New York's World Trade Center twin towers, has been a prominent Los Angeles landmark for more than four decades. Despite a $36 million facelift just over a year ago, the hotel’s new owners now intend to raze the building and replace it with two 600-foot, “environmentally sensitive” towers.

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2009/04/c ... r_comments

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Postby nichols » Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:18 am

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Century Plaza Developer Responds
Tuesday, April 28, 2009, by Dakota
Here's the statement from developer New Century...
"We are disappointed to see the Century Plaza Hotel politicized in this way, particularly at a time when the City of Los Angeles is suffering from extreme economic hardship and is in dire need of new jobs. The naming of the hotel as an historic place is not supported by the facts. The building is less than 50 years old and does not qualify for consideration under stringent criteria for historic designation of a building of this recent age. [This fact is addressed in that LA Times story]. This is not considered one of the more significant Minoru Yamasaki buildings and is not characteristic of his style. The new Century Plaza plan is an exciting visionary design consistent with the Century City Specific Plan which contemplates this type of urban development. Designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, it will have architectural significance well into the next century. We’re building a landmark for the future."

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Postby nichols » Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:19 am

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Preservationists, developer square off over Century Plaza Hotel

The owners plan to demolish the Century City hotel and replace it with a $2-billion commercial and residential complex. The Los Angeles Conservancy wants to save it.
By Martha Groves
April 28, 2009

Minutes after their return from the moon in 1969, the three Apollo 11 astronauts gazed out the window of their isolation chamber as President Nixon welcomed them home and invited them to a state dinner in their honor.

The setting would be a magnificent ballroom in the Century Plaza hotel in "Los Angeles' space-age Century City complex," as the Los Angeles Times described it. ..

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... 5240.story

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Postby nichols » Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:05 pm

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The Conservancy just launched a new page about the Century Plaza
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Postby HappyBunny » Sun May 03, 2009 1:17 am

Why did they spend $36 million to give the hotel a facelift and then decide to tear it down a year later?

And what would we get in its place? More Tuscan-styled buildings? Boy, we sure do need more of those!

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Postby nichols » Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:55 am

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Century Plaza as L.A. statement

Critic's Notebook: Why the hotel is worth saving from a plan to replace it with a $2-billion, mixed-use project.

By CHRISTOPHER HAWTHORNE, Architecture Critic
June 1, 2009
If nothing else, the debate over the fate of the Century Plaza hotel is a reminder that there is no preservation controversy quite like a preservation controversy in Los Angeles.

In most American cities, examples of postwar modernism like the Century Plaza, designed by World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki and completed in 1966, have trouble mustering support from the public when threatened by new development. They tend to be seen as products of an architectural era that had little respect for the past and replaced active street life with deserted, wind-swept plazas. Working to save them from the march of history can appear to be a contradictory or even paradoxical exercise.

In Los Angeles, though, more than a few modernist buildings are part of their neighborhood's original architectural fabric. Nowhere is this more true than in the heart of Century City, a landscape of crisp, well-tailored office blocks and broad avenues laid out by Welton Becket and a talented group of collaborators in the early 1960s. The new district didn't replace a tight-knit group of Victorians or apartment houses. It rose on 176 acres that had been part of 20th Century Fox's sprawling back lot...

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Postby scowsa » Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:22 pm

NYT picks up the story, including this:

"In an interview, Mr. Rosenfeld, who can see the hotel from his office in Century City, said that when he bought the building (with backing from the D. E. Shaw Group, a hedge fund), he had no plans to demolish it. The idea, he said, came from the Los Angeles City Planning Department, which is working to make Century City more pedestrian-friendly."

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LA City Council approves motion on historic designation of Century Plaza (Minoru Yamasaki, 1966).

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Postby nichols » Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:23 am

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Deal spares Century Plaza hotel from wrecking ball
An agreement between the owner and preservationists would save 400 rooms and calls for a 'sensitive rehabilitation' of the site. The developer plans to propose other buildings on the property.

By Martha Groves
February 11, 2010

The Century Plaza, the elegantly curved luxury hotel that has welcomed presidents, princes and pop stars since its 1966 opening, will be spared from the wrecking ball under a historic agreement between the owner and preservationists.

The agreement, shaped over months of negotiations, calls for dramatically revamping the developer's original plan to raze the hotel and build two 50-story high-rises with condos, a boutique hotel, offices, retail shops and public plazas.

Real estate investor Michael Rosenfeld's plan to knock down the stylish hotel galvanized the preservation community and spawned an outpouring of community support for the hotel, designed by Minoru Yamasaki as the centerpiece of Century City....

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... 5542.story

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Postby HappyBunny » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:25 pm

Great news! :D

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Postby nichols » Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:37 am

LOS ANGELES BUSINESS JOURNAL

Reduced residential plan at Century Plaza could pay off for owners.
By DANIEL MILLER

Developer Michael Rosenfeld was applauded for cutting a deal last month with opponents of his plan to raze the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel and replace it with two 50-story mixed-use towers.

Now, the historic hotel is staying as part of a smaller project that will convert some of the rooms into luxury condominiums.

But did the L.A. developer really have much of a choice? Or to put a more positive spin on it: Didn’t it make sense to downsize the $2 billion project...

http://labusinessjournal.com/article.as ... 679758.401

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Postby nichols » Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:39 am

(some) Yamasaki archives saved

The successor to Minoru Yamasaki and Associates, Inc., had been given one day to return to their former offices to retreive the firm’s archival materials. Those materials not collected would be destroyed. Conway alerted State Archivist Mark Harvey, who..


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