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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1997
By supporting the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in efforts to quickly demolish St. Vibiana's Cathedral in downtown, the city of Los Angeles suffered a series of legal defeats. One proved costly Tuesday as the City Council approved a nearly $345,000 settlement to the attorneys who represented the Los Angeles Conservancy. The archdiocese will not have to pay any of those legal fees, according to council staff members who described the closed-door session.
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NEWS
May 1, 2003 | Carolyn Patricia Scott
Look! Up in the sky! It's not Superman -- it's City Hall! Los Angeles City Hall, to be exact. This 75-year-old L.A. monument has served as a backdrop in many movies and TV shows, from the 1950s "Superman" TV series to the James Ellroy thriller "L.A. Confidential," and on Saturday it will be the setting for a Family Fun at City Hall program put on by the Los Angeles Conservancy.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2005
Mark SWED has nailed it nicely in his critic's notebook ["Silence at LACMA Would Be a Sour Note for Everyone," June 15]. Because of the announced reductions in music programs, I will not be renewing my Los Angeles County Museum of Art membership, and I hope many others will follow suit. I'd like to urge the Los Angeles Conservancy to take up the cause of preserving the Monday Evening Concerts, a significant cultural force in our city that is certainly as deserving of preservation as the physical landscape that the conservancy works to maintain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1996
Another step toward possible demolition of St. Vibiana's Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles was taken Tuesday when city inspectors red-tagged the entire 120-year-old landmark, declaring it an extreme hazard because of seismic damage, a Roman Catholic archdiocese spokesman said. The adjacent bell tower was red-tagged last week. The archdiocese has closed the cathedral at 2nd and Main streets to the public for a year.
REAL ESTATE
September 23, 1990
An educator, two Southland architects and two Los Angeles-based nonprofit groups have won service awards from the California Council of the American Institute of Architects. The council makes the awards each year to people or agencies who have made outstanding contributions to architecture, their communities or the environment. Osamu A. Wakita won the "excellence in education" award for writing architecture textbooks now used in more than 200 colleges and universities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1996
The Los Angeles Conservancy gained an important victory Thursday when a Superior Court judge ruled that the preservationist organization's own inspectors can examine seismic damage at St. Vibiana's Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. Judge Robert O'Brien also refused a request from the city and the Roman Catholic archdiocese to shorten his temporary ban on the razing of the church's bell tower. A full hearing is still scheduled for June 17.
NEWS
September 11, 1988
The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission last week voted to declare a 5-acre mountaintop estate in Silver Lake owned by an order of nuns a historic-cultural monument. The commission's decision could foil an apparent attempt by the members of the Mexican-based Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception to sell the estate. The nuns decided to put the 22-room mansion on the market after the October earthquake left several large cracks in the structure.
REAL ESTATE
June 8, 1986 | JANET NAIRN
"The design professional is now under siege as a result of the explosive issue of liability insurance," says Joe Vaccaro, vice president and regional director of the Los Angeles architectural office of Leo A. Daly Co., who has been chairman of a special task force formed to look into the subject. "Not only is the cost of liability insurance exorbitant, but the fear of litigation will force architects to practice more conservatively, in a similar manner to preventive medicine.
NEWS
July 18, 2002 | Janet Eastman
* The Southern California Institute of Architecture Gallery will present an exhibition of work by Detroit-based Zago Architecture through Aug. 25. The firm has installed a three-dimensional grid of narrow, closely packed corridors and stairways that functions as a combination object, theater, lounge and refuge. Tonight is opening night and musicians will perform within the structure at 6 p.m.
OPINION
July 14, 2002
"Builder Got Break on Safety Rules" (July 7) unfortunately misconstrues a key tool for preserving, rehabilitating and reusing Los Angeles' historic buildings. Flexibility in building and fire code interpretation is critical for historic structures and can be achieved while maintaining a high standard of safety. If current building and fire codes (which are designed for new construction) are strictly applied in the rehabilitation of an existing building, it often means the loss of historic character.
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