Golden State Mutual Life bldg., Paul R. Williams, 1948

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Golden State Mutual Life bldg., Paul R. Williams, 1948

Postby nichols » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:35 am

Golden State Mutual Life building, 1948 Paul R. Williams
1999 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles

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(Martin Schall/you-are-here.com)
http://www.you-are-here.com/modern/golden_state.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Sta ... ce_Company
http://www.gsmlife.com/
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Paul R. Williams, Architect
1894-1980
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Postby nichols » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:36 am

This building will be considered as a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument next week. See information below.

A G E N D A
CULTURAL HERITAGE COMMISSION
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2011, 10:00 A.M.

200 North Spring Street
Room 1010, City Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90012

GOLDEN STATE MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY HOME OFFICE, 1999 WEST
ADAMS BOULEVARD, CHC-2011-221-HCM, CD 8
Review of Historic-Cultural Monument Application. Motion Required
CEQA Review: Categorical Exemption

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Postby nichols » Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:53 am

NEW YORK TIMES

March 17, 2011, 3:00 PM
Smithsonian Plan to Remove Murals From Los Angeles Lobby Is Criticized
By EVE M. KAHN

In 1949, the African-American painters Charles Alston and Hale Woodruff covered the lobby walls at a Los Angeles insurance company headquarters — a trapezoidal Moderne building designed by the African-American architect Paul Williams — with murals of early black Californians including explorers, cowboys and oil riggers. Now the original owner, the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company, is being liquidated, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is planning to buy the works for $750,000 and remove them from the lobby...

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/ ... riticized/

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Postby nichols » Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:36 pm

Here is a 1949 film of the installation of the murals from the state of California conservation and liquidation office.

http://www.caclo.org/perl/index.pl?docu ... 2935#start

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Postby nichols » Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:37 pm

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Smithsonian withdraws offer to buy endangered L.A. murals
March 27, 2011

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culture ... urals.html

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Postby nichols » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:54 pm

A G E N D A
CULTURAL HERITAGE COMMISSION
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011, 10:00 A.M.


GOLDEN STATE MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY HOME OFFICE, 1999 WEST
ADAMS BOULEVARD, CHC-2011-221-HCM, CD 8
Determination of Monument Status after Inspection. Motion Required
CEQA Review: Categorical Exemption

Applicant: Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee

Owner: Community Impact Development II

Community Impact Development II, LLC

http://preservation.lacity.org/

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Postby SFG » Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:48 pm

"The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted unanimously to recommend landmark designation of the building on April 7. To gain official landmark status, the nomination must still be approved by both the Planning and Land Use Management Committee and the City Council."

http://www.laconservancy.org/issues/iss ... utual.php4


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