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Orthopaedic Hospital to come down for Palmer apartments?

Postby nichols » Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:44 pm

LOS ANGELES TIMES
Apartment Builder Buys Downtown L.A. Hospital Site
By Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
July 19, 2006

Geoff Palmer, the urban trailblazer who helped inspire an upscale housing boom in downtown Los Angeles' long-neglected core, has acquired a 9.5-acre parcel downtown from Orthopaedic Hospital for $70.5 million, hospital officials said Tuesday...


http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-p ... 2183.story
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Postby Nathan » Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:05 am

Say it ain't so! This is such a great building. Weren't we going to have a Modcom meeting there at some point? Go inside and check out the cool chapel.

I can say, sadly, without fear of contradiction, that if Palmer's bought it, it's going down. He knocked down the 1887 Geise house, last Victorian on Bunker Hill, not long ago. Without a demo permit. Said "Oops" and got a slap on the wrist.

I'd love to be proven wrong. Maybe he'll utilize the 1959 structure in the new plans?

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Postby Lynxwiler » Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:00 pm

No, Palmer's history is to tear down our city's past and plant something God-huge and Tuscan in its place.

I'm still reeling from the loss of Bunker Hill's last Victorian and truly disappointed the city backed down on any sort of punishment for Palmer's illegal demo.

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Postby Lynxwiler » Sun Aug 19, 2007 5:50 pm

Currently being demolished:

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Postby Synthetrix » Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:59 pm

Damn! That last picture was depressing. This is one of my favorite MCM office buildings. I see it from the 110 fwy whenever I head downtown. Bummer.
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Postby modfan » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:10 am

It doesn't seem that old to me and apartments next to a busy freeway,
still seems kinda stupid to me. What happened to the hospital, did it close or relocate?

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Postby JohnnySocko » Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:50 pm

Hello, new member here. I joined so that I could pass along some information I learned regarding what was on this parcel before it was Orthopaedic Hospital. Be sure to read the source material linked at the bottom of this post, because it is fascinating.

It turns out that the parcel originally contained a mansion belonging to Curtis Longstreet, the famous Civil War general. Longstreet and his wife planted two rows of palm trees to line his landscaped driveway. After the inevitable demolition of the mansion, the palm trees remained, and the driveway became a proper street called Palm Drive. This would almost certainly make the Palm Drive trees the oldest palm trees in Los Angeles.

-- Or at least, they were the oldest palm trees in Los Angeles, until Mr. Palmer destroyed them. I assume that is what happened -- the photo with the wrecking ball appears to show that the trees on the East side of the street were removed.

Does anybody know the fate of these historic trees?

Source: http://losangelespast.blogspot.com/2008 ... es-in.html

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Postby nichols » Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:15 pm

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The palm trees are still there and the hospital is still located in that area.

That blog is great.


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