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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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