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J.J. Newberry/Fallas Paredes at 5th & Broadway
Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:56 am
The 1913 Metropolitan building (Parkinson and Bergrstrom) at 315 W. 5th Street (at Broadway) in downtown Los Angeles housed a J.J. Newberry store from about 1949 to 1997. Since then it has been a Fallas Paredes discount store. The exterior is clad in glass Vitrolite panels. These are scheduled to be removed as the ground floor is remodeled into a design that is not so 1940s.. I mean, more um, complimentary to the original style of the building. This was reviewed in the environmental study and declared a good idea, but I think somebody should go salvage that glass. Here's more info on the material http://www.vitrolitespecialist.com/
I suggested it to the Vitrolite fellow, but he was unable to come to Los Angeles. Any locals need some Newberry glass?
Trade it for this
Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:56 pm
Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:28 pm
I don't wish to hijack this topic; however, I just had to mention a set of old JJ Newberry drawings I am presently reviewing for a remodel in a suburban location (after it was already remodeled several times!). I forgot how back in the day there were mostly women who worked in retal. The floor plan includes a huge lounge area for the women who work there along with a decent restroom. The men, on the other hand, have no place to hang out and the restroom is for a single user...'nuff said!
Posted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 5:37 pm
It amazes me that such an important building in the heart of the Historic District can be bastardized so. I mean, this is 2010, not 1970. We are supposed to know better. Right? According to the rendering, there's going to be the removal of a bevy of significant architectural features.
But on the subject of Vitrolite: I had a bathroom here done in green & black Vitrolite, that'd come off of a theater in Indiana. Best decision I ever made. I abhor and shudder at the concept of this structure losing its Vitrolite, but if these cultural terrorists rip it off, someone needs to save it from the dumpster.
Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:10 pm
Too bad those salmon colored Vitriolite panels are deemed unacceptable, the buildings getting totally sanitized.
If there were indeed prasmatic glass panels, wouldn't that be required to put back if the buildings owners are being given tax credits or funds to quasi- restore the facade? The Jensen Recreation Center in Echo Park is restoring there prasmatic glass. C'mon.
Posted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:13 am
They'll probably do something very similar to Jensen's, which for me, falls far short of a restoration.
When work started on Jensens (most) all? of the prismatic glass panels were still intact behind the backlit plastic signs. Since the plans were reviewed by the Office of Historic Resources (the building's a landmark) and the work was being overseen by a firm that specializes in restoration (Architectural Resources Group) and the guys on the site said that the panels were being removed for "repair", I figures they were coming back.
In the end, there's only one panel that's been reinstalled. The rest have been replaced by frosted glass.
What a shame.
Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:24 pm
KevinEP- tell me it aint so, very sorry to know that, Just driving by I wasn't studying the quality, I guess a ersatz is good enough theses days.
Posted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 12:28 pm
PS: This is the Jensen's building they're talking about for all the out-of-towners:
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Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:13 pm