Friday, May 01, 2009
L.A. Conservancy Rallies the Troops to Save the Century Plaza
While we continue our poll on whether the Century Plaza Hotel should be saved (and so far, it's no contest -- preservation is dominating), the L.A. Conservancy continues to spring into action.
There's also more info at the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places site. The list was announced this week at the hotel.
As the Conservancy notes, the new owners of the Century Plaza Hotel announced plans to raze the building and replace it with two 600-foot towers in December 2008. The hotel received a $36 million facelift less than a year ago.
Meanwhile, Curbed L.A. looked in its archives and noted that New Century developer Michael Rosenfeld, who now wants to tear it down, was singing a different tune when he purchased the hotel last year: "Properties like the Century Plaza Hotel are one-of-a-kind; they have lasting value in any economic environment. This is a rare opportunity to buy a jewel in my hometown... The Century Plaza has been an LA icon since it opened in 1966."