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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1997
I so enjoy Cecilia Rasmussen's L.A. Scene, and the one on the Biltmore Hotel (Aug. 24) was especially dear to my heart. In the 1930s my mother and I used to ride into L.A. from Long Beach on the Big Red Cars to shop for school clothes at Bullock's and Robinsons. Afterward, for a treat, we lunched in the formal dining room of the Biltmore Hotel. We entered through the revolving door and were ushered to our table--full of linen, silver, china and crystal--and were served our favorite menu: deluxe chicken salad and hotel rolls.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Gene R. Summers, an architect and developer who undertook the first major renovation of the historic Biltmore Hotel, reviving interest in downtown Los Angeles and helping to spark its revitalization, has died. He was 83. Summers, who retired to the Sonoma County community of Healdsburg a decade ago, died Dec. 12 of liver disease in a hospital near Sebastopol, according to his wife, Jacqueline. A former associate of modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Summers and business partner Phyllis Lambert were planning to build a new hotel downtown when the Biltmore came up for sale in 1976.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1992
Hermosa Beach officials have decided to wait for the real estate market to improve before selling the hotly contested site of the old Biltmore Hotel. The City Council began seeking bids from land appraisers Tuesday night to determine the value of the 0.82-acre beachfront plot. But council members put off hiring a real estate broker until the market improves and they know exactly how much the land is worth.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2009 | Tiffany Hsu
1 My boyfriend Erik and I decided to take a free walking tour of downtown L.A.'s historic architecture, planned and guided by us (although the Los Angeles Conservancy offers a printable tour of the area online). The first stop: the Bradbury Building, the oldest commercial office structure downtown. More than a century old, the landmark's interior is covered with intricate French ornamental cast-iron lacework.
BUSINESS
January 15, 1987
The Beverly Hills-based company said it had formed a hotel management subsidiary, Wrather Management Corp., to operate the downtown landmark that has just undergone a $40-million renovation. The subsidiary will operate separately from the parent company, which will continue to oversee such attractions as the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim and the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2005 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
One of the most treasured historic landmarks in Los Angeles, downtown's Millennium Biltmore Hotel, is up for sale as the owners attempt to cash in on a hot hotel market. The 1.2-million-square-foot Biltmore is being sold by WHB Corp., a subsidiary of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels of London, which acquired the hotel in 1999 as part of a group purchase of 28 U.S. properties for $640 million.
BUSINESS
March 21, 1986
Bernard J. Jacoupy, president of Westgroup Biltmore Inc. and founder of Bernard's, the French restaurant at the landmark Biltmore hotel, resigned Wednesday to become general manager of the Newport Meridien, a new hotel in Orange County. In a statement, Westgroup Hotels Inc., which owns the Biltmore, said Jacoupy "has been given a tremendous opportunity with potential for future growth." Jacoupy, who has been with the hotel for 10 years, was named to the president's post last November.
BUSINESS
November 19, 1999 | Jesus Sanchez
Hong Kong-based Regal Hotels International Holdings Ltd. has agreed to sell the Regal Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, along with the rest of its U.S. portfolio, to Millennium & Copthorne Hotels in a deal valued at $640 million. London-based Millennium & Copthorne would acquire 28 Regal hotels in the United States, boosting the company's worldwide holdings to 117 properties. As part of the deal, Millennium would assume $370 million in Regal debt.
FOOD
March 29, 1990
The Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is sponsoring a two-day food and wine expo showcasing the products of Sonoma County. The event, scheduled for April 6 and 7, is billed as "Sonoma Style: A Culinary Journey Through its Farms and Vineyards." Included are seminars, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and a gala dinner. Among the three dozen Sonoma-based firms scheduled to participate are Gourmet Mushrooms Inc., Green Valley Organics, Mendocino Pasta Co.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 1986 | LEONARD FEATHER
Along with the expensive restoration under way at the Biltmore Hotel, a jazz-wise new manager, Ed de Vries, has installed a musical policy that is bringing the midtown area its hippest sounds in years. In the high-domed Rendezvous Court, where the sound quality exceeds expectations, pianist Marty Harris leads his trio Mondays from 5 p.m. to midnight and Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 p.m to 1 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2005 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
One of the most treasured historic landmarks in Los Angeles, downtown's Millennium Biltmore Hotel, is up for sale as the owners attempt to cash in on a hot hotel market. The 1.2-million-square-foot Biltmore is being sold by WHB Corp., a subsidiary of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels of London, which acquired the hotel in 1999 as part of a group purchase of 28 U.S. properties for $640 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2004 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Thelma Becker, a businesswoman who checked into the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles in 1940 and checked out 53 years later, has died. She was 90. Becker died March 8 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Los Angeles of natural causes, said her friend, Holly Barnhill, a former publicist at the hotel, now called the Millennium Biltmore. Becker, who had been in failing health in recent years, lived in a nursing home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A weekend Biltmore Hotel guest who allegedly skipped out on his $2,500 tab has been checked into jail, authorities said. Richard Scott Blousteine, 38, arrived in Santa Barbara from Los Angeles on a private plane Friday and told hotel staff a check would be arriving Saturday to pay for his stay and that of two friends who were with him, Sheriff's Deputy Brad Welch said.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2001 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hotelier John Wilson purchased the venerable Biltmore hotel last year knowing that the downtown Los Angeles landmark had seen better days. Guest rooms and public areas had begun to look frayed around the edges under a succession of owners and managers during the 1990s. Recession and riots scared off visitors from downtown altogether. Despite its historic grandeur, the Biltmore was no match for the often larger and more luxurious hotels of the Westside.
BUSINESS
November 19, 1999 | Jesus Sanchez
Hong Kong-based Regal Hotels International Holdings Ltd. has agreed to sell the Regal Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, along with the rest of its U.S. portfolio, to Millennium & Copthorne Hotels in a deal valued at $640 million. London-based Millennium & Copthorne would acquire 28 Regal hotels in the United States, boosting the company's worldwide holdings to 117 properties. As part of the deal, Millennium would assume $370 million in Regal debt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1997
I so enjoy Cecilia Rasmussen's L.A. Scene, and the one on the Biltmore Hotel (Aug. 24) was especially dear to my heart. In the 1930s my mother and I used to ride into L.A. from Long Beach on the Big Red Cars to shop for school clothes at Bullock's and Robinsons. Afterward, for a treat, we lunched in the formal dining room of the Biltmore Hotel. We entered through the revolving door and were ushered to our table--full of linen, silver, china and crystal--and were served our favorite menu: deluxe chicken salad and hotel rolls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2004 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Thelma Becker, a businesswoman who checked into the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles in 1940 and checked out 53 years later, has died. She was 90. Becker died March 8 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Los Angeles of natural causes, said her friend, Holly Barnhill, a former publicist at the hotel, now called the Millennium Biltmore. Becker, who had been in failing health in recent years, lived in a nursing home.
REAL ESTATE
May 12, 1985 | EVELYN De WOLFE
Colorful banners will wave atop the Biltmore Hotel and 1,000 balloons will be released as city officials wield a sledgehammer on a wall leading from the hotel to the site of the planned 24-story Biltmore Tower at the corner of 5th Street and Grand Avenue. Monday's hoopla will signal the start of Biltmore Place, valued at about $200 million when completed, a project that entails construction of the tower as well as the refurbishment of the landmark hotel to its original 1920s grandeur.
NEWS
July 28, 1994 | JAMES BENNING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hermosa Beach residents may have a chance--for the 14th time--to decide the future of an oceanfront lot where the Biltmore Hotel used to stand. Since the Biltmore was razed in 1965, 13 ballot measures have been placed before voters to determine how to use the city-owned lot on The Strand between 14th and 15th streets. In the latest vote in 1992, residents designated the land as open space. Now, with plans under way for a grass and sand park, officials are considering putting the issue on the ballot one more time.
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