The Century Towers

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The Century Towers
Century Towers 1977.jpg
The Century Towers in 1977
General information
Type Residential
Location 2220 & 2222 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°03′08″N 118°24′33″W / 34.0521953°N 118.4092031°W / 34.0521953; -118.4092031Coordinates: 34°03′08″N 118°24′33″W / 34.0521953°N 118.4092031°W / 34.0521953; -118.4092031
Construction started April 1963
Completed 1964
Technical details
Floor count 28
Design and construction
Architect I.M. Pei
Developer S. Jon Kreedman & Co.

The Century Towers is the first residential project constructed in Century City, Los Angeles. The buildings were developed under the aegis of Alcoa Properties, and they are located along the southern boundary of Century City on the Avenue of the Stars.[1]

History[edit]

Built in 1964 by Alcoa, William Zeckendorf and Welton Becket Associates, the Century Towers was originally designed as apartments by architect I.M. Pei. Perhaps best known for the “Pyramide du Louvre,” his landmark glass pyramid addition to the Louvre Museum (Paris, France) Pei brought his signature styling to the creation of the mid-century towers.[2] The towers were converted to condominiums in 1973 by S. Jon Kreedman & Company. Located on 6 acres (24,000 m2) of land (making it the largest luxury condominium property in Los Angeles), the towers are made up of one-, two-, and three-bedroom single-story (and a few double-story) residences on 28 floors. The development also includes a swimming pool, gymnasium, putting green, and tennis courts.

Celebrity residents[edit]

The Century Towers has been home to many celebrities and notables over the years. Those include Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Burt Lancaster, David Janssen, Jack Benny, Sebastian Siegel, Diana Ross, Karen Carpenter who purchased two condos & converted them into her own duplex in 1976, Josh Flagg, Ruth Handler (founder of Mattel), Edith Flagg and Berry Gordy. Handler, Janssen, and Edith Flagg occupy the penthouse units of the towers. David Janssen's widow Dani is known for an annual Oscar party thrown in her penthouse.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greening of Century City" (PDF). City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning. Rios Clementi Hale Studios. April 2007. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "History of Century City". Century City Chamber of Commerce. StackHouse Media. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Tamaki, Julie (12 September 1999). "At Home: Living in an Urban Aerie: Century City offers convenience, security, a prestigious business district and views that are terrific". Los Angeles Times.