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Postby nichols » Sat Aug 11, 2007 9:07 am

New plans unveiled (everything still goes away)
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Postby Dan O. » Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:27 pm

Out of all the hideous buildings in L.A. why is it always the good ones that have to get sacrified to make room for these monstrosities? I know the thought is silly and taste is certainly subjective but there should be some sort of rule that you can't replace an existing, functional and aesthetically appealing structure(s) with one that is just plain ugly.

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Wow. That is a ginormous development.

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Postby Deco Lover » Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:08 pm

Well, I'm so glad that Nadel Architects heard my "comments" and
returned to the drawing board, following the presentation of the
monstrocity they planned for this major intersection.

As for this new proposal, am I the only one who feels this one already
looks dated, even before it's built? Doesn't it look like something often
repeated in other cities? The typical low development in the foreground,
with towers at the back. The real opportunity of this development
relating to the fine "deco-style" building with the Samsung sign across
the street, was missed. What could have been?

I really regret not living in Los Angeles in the golden years, when
Wilshire Boulevard was in it's prime, as "the" shopping street. Imagine
the May Co., Desmond's, Coulter's, the Ambassador Hotel, Perino's,
I Magnin, Bullock's Wilshire, the Brown Derby, as well as all the other
small shops and restaurants in between.

But at least we can be thankful these have been "preserved" for
future generations in photography books.

The future of Los Angeles will feature dozens of Pinkberrys, Trader Joe's,
Fresh & Easy's, Starbuck's, Famina's, and hundreds? of "loft-style"
apartment/condo complexes in their place. Talk about a trade-off. :cry:

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Postby nichols » Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:42 pm

The EIR has been released and comments are due by October 13. The bank and the car dealership have been found to be NOT SIGNIFICANT so they will not be considered historic resources. Please write and tell the planners they are significant.

http://cityplanning.lacity.org/EIR/Wils ... aBrea.html

EIR Case No.: ENV-2007-1604-EIR

Project Name: Wilshire and La Brea Project

Location: 5200-5224 Wilshire Boulevard, 700-758 La Brea Avenue, 719-757 Sycamore Avenue, Los Angeles, California

Council District: 4


Please direct comments to:

Srimal Hewawitharana, Project Coordinator, or
Jimmy C. Liao, City Planner/EIR Unit Head
Room 750, City Hall
Department of City Planning
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-978-1343 (fax)
srimal.hewawitharana@lacity.org
jimmy.liao@lacity.org

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Postby nichols » Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:44 pm

We're getting lots of flak over at Curbed today...

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2009/03/c ... r_comments

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Postby daybreaker » Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:29 pm

The Curbed folks make some good points. It's an ugly building. I won't miss it. Sorry, but I have to break with party line on this one.

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Postby nichols » Sat May 23, 2009 10:13 am

Just to state again, the EIR calls this Murphy Oldsmobile not historic. With apologies to Casa de Cadillac... How many intact 1940s car dealerships exist in this town?
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There's a hearing on Wednesday

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http://la.curbed.com/archives/2009/05/c ... r_comments

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Postby nichols » Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:29 pm

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...a project which would take out the old Columbia Savings bank (news that rankles the LA Conservancy, which wants the building protected) and replace the now-vacant Metro Plaza shopping center--has shrunk again. The project will consist of 482 apartments and rise 6 stories...

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2009/07/h ... r_comments

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Postby nichols » Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:18 pm

CURBED

Planning Commission OKs Wilshire La Brea Project
Thursday, August 13, 2009, by Dakota
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Developer BRE's contentious Wilshire La Brea project, that Thomas P. Cox Architects-designed development, was unanimously approved by the Planning Commission today...

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2009/08/l ... r_comments

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Postby nichols » Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:52 pm

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Plan to demolish building on Wilshire Boulevard is opposed by L.A. Conservancy
The conservancy says the 1965 Columbia Savings building at La Brea Avenue is worth saving. Area residents worry that a planned 482-unit apartment and retail complex would add to congestion.

By Cara Mia DiMassa
December 2, 2009

... a backlash is now gaining steam, and it's centered on a mid-century former savings and loan building at Wilshire and La Brea Avenue.

The squat building, with a ribboned facade and a stained-glass skylight, is an example of a type of architecture that was prevalent in the years after World War II, when financial institutions pushed for bold buildings to symbolize their own emergence from staid practices and reputations...

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... 3724.story

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Postby egads » Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:43 pm

Boy did that story need better pictures.

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Postby sky » Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:13 am

Yes, the photo is terrible, but what's also bad there is the use of the adjective "squat" to describe the building. That's never a good thing.

The last thing from LA appropriately described as "squat" was Dodger third baseman Ron Cey.

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Postby scottkaycee » Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:08 am

I was watching "In the Line of Fire" with Clint Eastwood the other day and I noticed that the LA bank he goes to in the scene where he finally figures out who the would be assasin is and it was this bank. Only it was called "Southwest Savings". The phone number was SKELLUM....
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Postby nichols » Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:02 pm

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Adios, Columbia Savings! Wilshire Blvd Building Will Come Down


As expected, this morning the City Council voted unanimously to approve BRE's planned 482-unit apartment building at Wilshire and La Brea, a move that allows the developer to begin demolition of the 1965 Wilshire Savings building. The LA Conservancy fought to save Wilshire Savings...

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2009/12/a ... e_down.php

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Postby nredom » Sat Dec 05, 2009 8:31 am

Maybe this has been discussed already, but are there any plans to save the exterior brass sculpture or the stain glass skylight...?

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Postby Vavala » Sat Dec 05, 2009 2:52 pm

The sculpture is already listed for sale online: http://www.bogatzantiques.com/forsale.html

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Postby nichols » Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:24 am

CURBED LA


Salvaging Columbia Wilshire

MID-WILSHIRE: Scott Bogartz, the art collector who bought both that outdoor fountain and a stained glass window at the doomed Columbia Savings building provides some more info about his purchase. In an email he writes: "I buy Modern Sculptures all over the country and have been doing it for 25 years. It's getting harder and harder and more expensive to have great pieces saved. BRE Properties had many people wanting the art, but I offered the most money and have the most experience for a professional removal. The removal of the stained glass cost over $50,000.00 just to remove. That does not include the purchase price, trucking, insurance, workers x 15 and other costs for both items... I hope people in LA are glad I saved both items from the wrecking ball. Both items are still in LA and for sale...

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2009/12/_ ... gh_the.php

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