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September 19, 1986 | DAVID TREADWELL, Times Staff Writer
John Portman's atrium hotels have delighted many travelers with their vaulting interior courtyards, gardens, balconies, waterfalls, fountains, reflecting pools and glass elevators. But the dream house that the internationally renowned Atlanta architect is building for himself on this exclusive resort island is reminiscent of one of those hotels and is giving some of his neighbors here nightmares.
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October 19, 1991 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
In another sign of the troubled commercial real estate market, the owners of the Westin Bonaventure--the largest hotel in downtown Los Angeles--on Friday filed for protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles, the hotel's lender said. The action will apparently forestall a possible foreclosure on the property by the lender, Equitable Life Assurance Society of New York.
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BUSINESS
October 19, 1991 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
In another sign of the troubled commercial real estate market, the owners of the Westin Bonaventure--the largest hotel in downtown Los Angeles--on Friday filed for protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles, the hotel's lender said. The action will apparently forestall a possible foreclosure on the property by the lender, Equitable Life Assurance Society of New York.
NEWS
July 9, 1988 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
A major labor union said Friday that it has begun to send out letters to all Democratic National Convention delegates, and other political figures including Michael S. Dukakis, urging them not to attend five events during the convention because they are being held at properties owned or controlled by Atlanta developer John C. Portman Jr., with whom the union has had a long-running dispute.
NEWS
July 9, 1988 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
A major labor union said Friday that it has begun to send out letters to all Democratic National Convention delegates, and other political figures including Michael S. Dukakis, urging them not to attend five events during the convention because they are being held at properties owned or controlled by Atlanta developer John C. Portman Jr., with whom the union has had a long-running dispute.
BUSINESS
December 22, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hotel's Bankruptcy Plan Approved: A U.S. bankruptcy judge approved a reorganization plan for the Westin Bonaventure hotel, according to a creditors' attorney. The 1,400-room hotel--the largest in downtown Los Angeles--filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year after owners Mitsubishi Trading Co. and developer John C. Portman defaulted on a $75-million mortgage in 1990.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 1988 | David Fox and Paul Rosenfield
At least 40--count 'em 40--Hollywood celebs and execs will attend this week's Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, perhaps the biggest contingent of starry observers since the 1972 convention that nominated George McGovern. Flying down to Atlanta today and first thing Monday are three groups--put together by Assemblyman Tom Hayden's activist Network group, Michael Dukakis' campaign staff and the Jesse Jackson camp.
BUSINESS
November 24, 1987 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, Times Staff Writer
Entrepreneur Jay Pritzker had some extra time on his hands one August morning 30 years ago, so he bought a 149-room motel next to the Los Angeles airport. And from that serendipitous event, the Hyatt chain of hotels was born. Now Hyatt, still using the name of that first motel, is expanding at its most aggressive rate ever--and the Chicago chain is turning back to California for growth opportunities.
NEWS
December 16, 1998 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Clair Leverett Peck Jr., the contractor who literally built much of Southern California, from the Capitol Records Building to the Bonaventure Hotel and Library Tower to the Crystal Cathedral and the Orange County Performing Arts Center, has died. He was 78. Peck died Monday at UCLA Medical Center after suffering a massive stroke, his wife, Margo Ryan Peck, said Tuesday. C.L.
NEWS
September 19, 1986 | DAVID TREADWELL, Times Staff Writer
John Portman's atrium hotels have delighted many travelers with their vaulting interior courtyards, gardens, balconies, waterfalls, fountains, reflecting pools and glass elevators. But the dream house that the internationally renowned Atlanta architect is building for himself on this exclusive resort island is reminiscent of one of those hotels and is giving some of his neighbors here nightmares.
BUSINESS
July 15, 1995 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Westin Bonaventure, the largest hotel in the Los Angeles area, announced Friday that it is being sold to Taiwanese investors for an undisclosed price. Hotel industry observers said the Downtown Los Angeles hotel, whose eye-catching cylindrical towers and huge atrium have made it a favorite backdrop for movie and television shows, sold for an estimated $50 million, a bargain price that symbolizes the steep decline in downtown property values.
REAL ESTATE
July 13, 1986 | EVELYN De WOLFE, Times Staff Writer
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel has just donned a more practical and happier face. As part of a $3.5-million renovation begun last fall, its principal entrance has been changed from traffic-oriented Figueroa Street to "pedestrian-friendly" Flower Street. Stanley P. Steinberg, general partner of the Los Angeles Bonaventure Co. Inc., believes the new entry significantly strengthens the aesthetic and functional relationship between the hotel and the downtown community.
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