August 17, 2003
As usual, Nicolai Ouroussoff seems to be focused only on the "black cape or starchitects" and does not recognize the importance of that large cadre of architects (female or male) who are quietly reshaping our cities and our lives with their work on less prominent projects ("New Perspective, New Aesthetic in a Room of Their Own," Aug. 10). Here in Southern California we are fortunate to have a large pool of great talent that is changing the architectural face of government, education and healthcare projects.
July 2, 1989 |
When architect Myron Hunt died in 1952, he left behind a 50-year-old legacy of landmarks including the Pasadena Rose Bowl, the Ambassador Hotel, the Huntington Library and master plans for three local colleges. The work of the New England-born architect bore a reticence and honesty that, one historian says, made him appear as a puritan in the architectural Babylon of Southern California. Many of his elegant designs have recently been renovated.
June 21, 2001
Thank you for Susan Freudenheim's insightful piece on architect Brenda Levin ("L.A.'s Designing Woman," June 10). As clients and members of Griffith Observatory's Renovation and Expansion Steering Committee, it is a great comfort to have her thoughtful counsel. Griffith Observatory is a Los Angeles icon, and all of us involved are committed to preserving its historic fabric. It is to Levin and her staff that we turn for guidance and sensitive solutions in every part of the historic structure.
August 2, 2009 |
The gig: Founder and principal of Levin & Associates Architects, a Los Angeles firm that specializes in historic building renovations. Levin has been the architect responsible for restorations of such local landmarks as the Wiltern theater, Griffith Observatory and City Hall. Her latest challenge is the restoration and expansion of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, home to one of the city's oldest Jewish congregations and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
March 31, 2007 |
Architect Brenda Levin, a Los Angeles-based specialist in historic preservation and adaptive re-use of cultural facilities who recently transformed Griffith Observatory, has been selected as the design architect for the expansion and modernization of the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. The project will accommodate the vast collection of Native American artifacts compiled by the Southwest Museum, which merged with the Autry in 2003.
February 26, 2006
I enjoyed the L.A. Times Calendar article ["The Stars Go Hollywood," Feb. 12], but am very concerned about future care of Griffith Observatory, its equipment and the actual site. When I reviewed the plans at the L.A. Cultural Heritage Commission meeting in 2000 with Dr. Edwin Krupp and architect Brenda Levin, there was no budget shown for equipment repair and conservation in their fancy presentation nor even for special maintenance of the new additions. My many years of experience in art and historic conservation engineering told me that could be trouble.