Miracle Mile: Desmonds tower redux, Mullen & Bluett loss

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Miracle Mile: Desmonds tower redux, Mullen & Bluett loss

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Postby Adriene » Sun Mar 30, 2003 11:51 am

Thank you for putting this together for us, Eric. Our letter is in the mail and I hope everyone will rally to help save this extremely important part of the remaining Miracle Mile corridor. Your letters CAN make the difference--the Miracle Mile is NOT yet listed on the National Register so we are depending on your support.

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Postby Adriene » Sun Mar 30, 2003 2:52 pm

Mullen and Bluett Department Store
5570 Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile
Stiles Clements, 1949

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Postby nichols » Wed Apr 02, 2003 4:05 pm

Los Angeles Independent:

http://www.laindependent.com/display/in ... news07.txt

Developer Plans to Raze Miracle Mile Buildings

By KEVIN BUTLER

The Independent Staff Writer

Upsetting some preservationists, a developer is seeking to demolish two decades-old buildings in the Miracle Mile area that activists say are among the last examples of a unique architectural style popular in the years surrounding World War II.

Legacy Partners of Irvine has plans to demolish the Mullen & Bluett building and Phelps Terkel building on Wilshire Boulevard between Ridgeley Drive and Burnside Avenue to make way for a five-story, mixed-use development.

That plan worries historian Eric Lynxwiler, who says that, although neither building is an official historic landmark, the pair is among a dwindling number of structures built during Miracle Mile's early years.

Mullen & Bluett, a department store founded in 1883, moved to the brand-new building in 1949, Lynxwiler says. The building later housed Harris & Frank, a men's clothing store, and is now divided into a Savon and Office Depot.

The building's design is late moderne, Lynxwiler says, a style which was around only a short time after World War II and which can be seen in Bob's Big Boy building in Burbank and Bullock's in Pasadena.

"This was the architecture that signified the post-war boom in Los Angeles," he says.

Lynxwiler notes the building's exterior has changed little over the years and still has its public clock, no longer working, attached to it.

"I just really adore this building," he says. "I love it because it is so clean and well-designed. It has a balance of geometric form and it really is pristine."

The Mullet & Bluett building was designed by Stiles Clements, a prominent architect of the 1930s and 1940s whose firm designed the old KFI building and the El Capitan and Wiltern buildings, says Ken Bernstein, director of preservation issues for the Los Angeles Conservancy.

Bernstein says he was only recently made aware of Legacy's plans and wants the city to look at the buildings' historical significance.

The buildings have not been declared historic landmarks, likely because when the Miracle Mile historic survey was done in the 1980s, the buildings at that time were less than 50 years old, he says.

The Phelps Terkel building next door was built in 1939 to house a college men's clothing store of the same name, according to Ralph Hancock, author of the 1949 book "Fabulous Boulevard."

A.W. Ross, founder of the Miracle Mile, convinced the store's owners to move their Westwood store to the area, Hancock wrote.

Legacy Partners has the right to demolish the buildings at any time, even if the city denies its request to build a complex of 197 dwelling units and 27,000 square-ft. of retail space, says Mike O'Brien, city planning associate.

Legacy last Thursday applied for a conditional use permit to build the development, but a public hearing has not yet been scheduled, he says.

Legacy Partners did not return repeated phone calls seeking comment.

Lynxwiler hopes that the firm will save the building and use it in their plans for the project.

"I'm not against development," says Lynxwiler, who lives near the buildings. "I'm totally for it. But I also believe in the history of the Miracle Mile.

"It's very important to Los Angeles, and I don't want to see history demolished," he adds.

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Postby Adriene » Thu Apr 03, 2003 8:43 am

REMINDER to get your letters in by Friday, April 4th! Thanks, everyone!

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Postby Lynxwiler » Sun Apr 06, 2003 10:23 am

To everyone who mailed a letter of support, thank you very much! I will continue to update the ModCom message board with the latest news on the Mullen and Bluett building. The next step is the public hearing which, as of yet, has no set date. Keep checking the message board for more news and info~!

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Postby mlagirl80 » Sat Aug 21, 2004 8:28 pm

does anyone know what's happened with this project?... i see it's been just over a year since the last post.... m... :cheers:

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Postby Lynxwiler » Mon Aug 23, 2004 9:33 am

Thanks for asking.

The news has been thin and grim. Legacy Partners, Irvine continues its plan to homogenize Southern California with its focus on the historic 5570 block of Wilshire. The Modern Committee put up a grand fight to save it and over 200 letters from across the nation came in urging the Los Angeles Planning Dept to keep the Late Moderne structure standing. Legacy's lies flew in all directions, bribes were passed (I'm not joking -- it's documented), more lies were spread and now Mullen and Bluett has only a few more seasons of life before it's martyred.

Legacy Partners, Irvine deserves a subtitle --
The makers of Crapartments!

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Postby Lynxwiler » Fri Dec 17, 2004 2:25 pm

The discussion of the vile Legacy Partners, Miami Vice building continued onto this link:

http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=2139

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http://www.legacypartners.com/iqimages/ ... dering.jpg

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Postby Nathan » Thu Jan 20, 2005 12:57 pm

Thanks for the tip. I guess this is a good time (sadly) to go out and shoot some final images of this grande dame.

It does go to show the importance of being pro-active...I mean, a building of this stature should've been at least made an HCM ten years ago. I guess it doesn't help that it wasn't included in the Nat'l Register survey. Sigh.

On the other hand, Palmer just dropped Legacy as the managerial team for his sixteen developments (he is replacing them with San Diego's ConAm, an ubercorporate who make their employees don matching polyester uniforms). In a perfect world, this new turn will force Legacy's financing to fail, and they'll sell the project to an organization, or just some crazy rich guy, who will redevelop it into the Stiles Clements museum! Uh, it could, uh...happen.

(There are ball players that make more per annum than the GDP of most nations, so why can't they...never mind. I don't understand the rich, least of all their philistinic myopia. Man named Carnegie used to build libraries, you know.)

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Postby Lynxwiler » Mon May 16, 2005 12:18 pm

The last store in Stiles Clements' Mullen and Bluett complex will close on May 28th.

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Postby nichols » Tue May 17, 2005 12:03 pm

I imagine Mr. Lynx was subtly exaggerating for effect. Nice effect.

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Postby nichols » Thu Oct 05, 2006 12:07 pm

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