Demolition Continues On Ambassador

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Postby nichols » Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:55 am

Yes, I believe it was. The banana leaf wallpaper wasn't original. It was added for a movie maybe in the '80s...

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Postby moderns-r-us » Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:57 am

"Better Living Through Modernism"

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Postby nichols » Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:38 pm

When I visited the site last summer I wrote a blog about the items being salvaged and/or recreated. http://lamag.com/shop/blog.aspx?id=17020&blogid=1592

One of them is the sculpture in the fountain that's been missing for years. Check it out. The new one is finally in place.

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Postby nichols » Tue Apr 13, 2010 6:56 am

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New Wilshire Boulevard Sculpture Lady Explained
Monday, April 12, 2010, by Dakota

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2010/04/n ... d.php#more

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Postby nichols » Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:25 pm

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Price tag for schools complex at former Ambassador Hotel site now tops $578 million
It is the Los Angeles Unified School District's most expensive school project. The school board approves an additional $6.6 million in new expenses to already costly revisions.

By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
July 14, 2010

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... 8053.story

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Postby nichols » Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:39 pm

KCRW

Ambassador Hotel Becomes Beautiful Schools with Hefty Price (7:00PM)
The Ambassador Hotel, once frequented by the rich and famous, has been razed and rebuilt as a site for multiple K-12 school campuses set to open this fall. The Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools will include a state-of-the-art auditorium, built on the site of the famous Coconut Grove nightclub, as well as a pool and other sports facilities. Howard Blume reports in today's LA Times that it will also feature a hefty price tag of more than $578 million.




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Panoramic photos of completed school

Postby KevinEP » Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:30 am

Here's a feature I thought some would find interesting; a panorama of the completed coffee shop/teachers lounge.

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

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And another...

Postby KevinEP » Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:54 am

And a page from the company who recreated quite a bit of encaustic tile:

http://www.villalagoontile.com/historic ... tions.html

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Postby nichols » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:47 am

That tile video is great, thanks Kevin.

ALSO:

LOS ANGELES TIMES

A new year, a new school complex for L.A. Unified
The $578-million RFK campus opens on the site of the old Ambassador Hotel.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... 1276.story

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You can have your own...

Postby KevinEP » Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:55 am

You can even have a bit of the reconstituted Ambassador in your own home.

The manufacturer is selling off extra tile: http://www.villalagoontile.com/tile-specials.html


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