SAVE HISTORIC, ORIGINAL LACMA! We the undersigned stand opposed to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) plan, which would demolish the original 1965 campus, designed by celebrated LA Modernist architect William Pereira, to make way for an entirely new facility. Scrapping a beloved building from the landscape and replacing it with another is not a revolutionary concept, nor a futuristic one. It is borne out of the belief that LACMA donor money is limitless, the past is disposable, and our civic heroes are irrelevant. THIS IS CHANGE FOR THE SAKE OF CHANGE. IT’S EXPENSIVE, IT’S WASTEFUL AND IT’S WRONG. Let the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors know that you are watching the events unfold and you say “no!” Show you appreciate the richness of our architectural heritage, support the modern ideals of preservation, fiscal responsibility and sensitive retrofitting to maintain a green structure into the future. FOUR SIMPLE REASONS: 1. Our shared architectural heritage William Pereira was an LA-based architect, responsible for over 250 buildings and master plans, including the Theme Building at LAX, TSan Francisco's TransAmerica Pyramid, UC Irvine, USC, Occidental, the Pepperdine campus, JPL, and more. He is regarded as one of the foremost proponents of cast-concrete forms, with a futuristic look that pays tribute to the visions of LA as the city of the future. 2. Sustainablility. The reuse of Modern resources is a sustainable practice, and unlike demolition, keeps buildings intact and out of landfill. Around the world, older buildings – indeed centuries old buildings – have been sensitively retrofitted to accommodate newer environmental standards. Why is LACMA unwilling to keep the Pereria buildings intact and out of landfill? 3. Fiscal responsibility. Donor money should go toward art acquisition and member events instead of frivolous and expensive architectural explorations. 4. Our children, the donors of the future. This is our opportunity to tell them: “We valued your heritage and we preserved it for you.” Please add your name to the list of urban planners, architectural historians, preservation organizations, LACMA museum members and proud citizens of Southern California who decry the notion that the current LACMA buildings designed by Los Angeles architect William Pereria in 1965 are merely fodder for a landfill. At a time when his architecture is the centerpiece of museum shows and landmarking in other municipalities, this is NOT the time to be reducing one of his major structures to rubble!
The Zumthor tar... "blot" (I can scarcely think of an apt descriptive) will blight the area of Wilshire and destroy the Mid Century Modern "feel" of the Miracle Mile. This isn't me saying "protect MY building" - it's me saying "please protect Los Angeles' heritage." If NOTHING else pick something elegantly modern - not bombastically recapitulating a stupid tar pit. No one in the world thinks of "tarpit" when they think of Los Angeles. Please please please think of the big picture and don't let this abomination occur.
D. L. Chaban-Delmas
The board needs to take a very serious step back, listen to architectural historians and understand the importance of historic preservation.
There are places that become significant and meaningful in one's life time. They are as magnificent and grand as any natural wonder of the world or as magnificent and grand as any beautiful cathedral you might enter.
These places themselves, these structures are as wonderful to see as the art they hold within their walls. To be within them, evokes a love for beauty that resides within all of us. And because you love them so,
these places become intertwined into the very fabric of your being. They bring great joy and peace when you are in them or return to visit them.
I worked as a volunteer for many years for LACMA, many years ago, and to this day, there is nothing that has been as special as spending
the day in one of its magnificent structures.
To have any part of this cluster of buildings that compose the LACMA campus demolished and rebuilt by something new is unthinkable. Though all the buildings are beautiful and unique, The Ahmanson, built by William Pereira is the most beautiful of all, not only in its design, function, and genius of engineering, but in the selection of building materials as well. To tear it down is nothing short of criminal.
I am appalled by the ego, short sightedness, callousness, and disrespect being displayed by those making these decisions. Everything has become so disposable in our society, but it is the loss of soul among some of those with the power to make these decisions, that is becoming the saddest reality of all.
William Pereira3 days ago
Susan Trafton4 days ago
D. L. Chaban-Delmas4 days ago
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