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Old 12-13-2011, 04:30 AM
 
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Hey, this is me again.

As I was exploring the maps and old photos of Downtown, I found out that just infront of the City Hall there used to be a beautiful brown office building, just opposite to the LA Times building. It is torn down today but I don´t get why there is still it´s basement ?!
Why didn´t they build a park or carpark instead of it? And why the building was torn down at all?

One thing I hate about LA is that so many beutiful Art Deco buildings, which are a historical treasure in my opinion, have been torning down during the years. I hope that you let stay at least the wonderful Eastern building...

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Old 12-13-2011, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Escondido, CA
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It was called California State Building. The only other thing that I can find about is that it was supposedly declared structurally unsafe after the 1971 San Fernando earthquake and it was demolished by 1975. Why they just left the lot sitting there vacant for 35 years, that completely eludes me.
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:01 AM
 
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Thank you. Shame there are not any pictures on google....
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:29 AM
 
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On the SkyscraperPage.com boards, there is a thread called Noirish L. A., which has a ton of pics from L. A. back in the day. I'm pretty sure I've seen some of that building. I'm not sure about city-data.com's policy on posting links, so I'm not going to do so.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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DM me the link. I'll post it.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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The parcel immediately north of that site is part of the new 12-acre civic park currently under construction. The park (when completed in 2012) will stretch from Spring Street (across from Citiy Hall) to Grand Avenue.

From this site plan it looks like the site you asked about is NOT part of the new park (must still be in private hands).
Construction Begins on Downtown Civic Park | NBC Los Angeles

Exclusive First Look at LA's Civic Park: Will It Create a Center for the City? | Co.Design

Grand Avenue Civic Park - Civic - Los Angeles Downtown News - For Everything Downtown L.A.!: Development: 09_19_11_update,
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Acutally, a quick check of the public records indicates the site you asked about is owned by the State of California......perhaps it is slated to be part of the new park. I can't tell for sure from the site plans I posted.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:27 AM
 
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Thank you for the feed back! i´ll check out the web page.
By the way, I found this wonderful picture! And the building I was asking about can be seen there too.

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Old 12-13-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: RSM
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One thing I hate about LA is that so many beutiful Art Deco buildings, which are a historical treasure in my opinion, have been torning down during the years. I hope that you let stay at least the wonderful Eastern building...
Feel free to buy them and pay to have them earthquake retrofitted, because you can be sure it's cheaper to tear it down and start from scratch with a modern building
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Retired in Malibu/La Quinta/Flagstaff
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There were a lot of interesting buildings in downtown L.A. that I miss, especially the old Hall of Records.
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