Los Angeles Times Building

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Los Angeles Times Building
LATimesBuilding.jpg
General information
Type Office
Location 202 West 1st Street
Los Angeles, California
United States
Coordinates 34°03′11″N 118°14′41″W / 34.053009°N 118.244596°W / 34.053009; -118.244596Coordinates: 34°03′11″N 118°14′41″W / 34.053009°N 118.244596°W / 34.053009; -118.244596
Completed 1935
Owner Onni Group
Design and construction
Architect Gordon B. Kaufmann

The Los Angeles Times Building is a late art deco building in Times Mirror Square at 1st and Spring Streets in Los Angeles, California.[1] It was built as the headquarters of the Los Angeles Times and was designed by Gordon B. Kaufmann.[2][3] The building won a gold medal at the 1937 Paris Exposition.[4]

In 1935, when the first part of the building was opened, Harry Chandler, then the president and general manager of Times-Mirror Co., declared the building a "monument to the progress of our city and Southern California".[2]

The building, despite its historic and architecturally significant appearance, appears not to be listed as a historic landmark.[3] It does not appear in listings of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments, California Historical Landmarks, or U.S. Registered Historic Landmarks in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times Building is the site of two previous city halls and the current city hall is on an adjacent block:

  • A building at South Spring Street and West 2nd Street was used as City Hall from 1884 to 1888
  • A Romanesque Revival building on 226-238 South Broadway between 2nd Street and 3rd Street was built as City Hall in 1888, but demolished in 1928; it is now occupied by the LA Times Parking structure and another building, at 240 Broadway.

On April 13, 2018 employees were notified that ownership was unable to reach a new lease agreement to remain in The Times Building. The staff of about 800 employees would relocate to a new campus under construction in suburban El Segundo, 17 miles (27 km) to the southwest when the lease at the Times Building expires, with a July 31, 2018 deadline to be out of the building.[5] Landlord Onni Group, a Canadian developer who became owners after the Times then-owners Tribune Publishing lost control of its real estate in bankruptcy reorganization[5], reportedly wanted to increase the monthly lease by $1 million.[6]

Redevelopment[edit]

The Onni Group, a Real Estate Development Company has proposed to expand and renovate the adjacent 1973 Times Mirror complex with residential units and retail.[3][5] Two residential towers were proposed, a 37 story tower rising 365 feet. A taller 53 story building rising 655 feet.[7] The design emphasis walkability and retail around the Civic Center area of DTLA. The project has not been approved by the city council.

A new underground light rail station will open on the 2nd Street side of the building when construction of the Regional Connector Transit Corridor is completed. That factors into the consideration to restore the building as described in a master plan that includes the construction of new buildings on the site.[8] Four other buildings were added to Times Mirror Square over the decades, including the 10-story 1948 Mirror Building designed by Rowland Crawford[5] and the William Pereira-designed 1973 headquarters of the old Times Mirror Co., once The Times' parent company[3]; the site is underused, with vacant space being used for movie shoots. earning the company as much as $4 million one year.[5][2][4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Vincent, Roger (2015-01-08). "Los Angeles Times site to be redeveloped". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ a b c DiMassa, Cara Mia (2008-06-26). "Much has changed around the Los Angeles Times Building". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  3. ^ a b c d Miranda, Carolina (17 July 2018). "Ugly carpets and green marble: The design of the Los Angeles Times buildings changed along with the city, though not always gracefully". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 July 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "15 films and TV series that filmed at the Los Angeles Times building". Los Angeles Times. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 21 July 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Curwen, Thomas (20 July 2018). "For a brief, shining moment, Times Mirror Square was L.A.'s Camelot". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 July 2018. 
  6. ^ James, Meg; Chang, Andrea (2018-04-13). "Patrick Soon-Shiong plans to move Los Angeles Times to new campus in El Segundo". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 April 2018. 
  7. ^ http://urbanize.la/post/first-look-times-mirror-square-redevelopment
  8. ^ Channick, Robert (2015-01-08). "Tribune Media to redevelop Times Mirror Square in Los Angeles". Chicago Tribune.