California Plaza is an office tower, restaurant and courtyard complex located on Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles. It is at the top end of Angels Flight. You can see my blog about that here. One California Plaza was completed in 1985 (which actually surprised me) and Two California Plaza was completed in 1992. 1992 I knew about as I was still an architectural walking tour docent with the Los Angeles Conservancy. Anybody who was anybody in Los Angeles showed up for the gala opening. It was a beautiful evening. I was half the size I am now and wore a little number with a short skirt, plunging neckline and chiffon sleeves… oh, and four inch heels that I favored at the time. In case you are wondering, I’m much more comfortable now in jeans, LL Bean polo shirts and athletic shoes! But you’re right, this isn’t about me… The California Plaza complex also includes the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (another blog post), the Colburn School of Performing Arts, the Omni Hotel (at right above) and a 1.5-acre water court. Free concerts are held here on week days and during the summer in the evenings. When Angels Flight is running again you can take the train from Central Market to California Plaza. From California Plaza you get a good view of the Subway Building. This is where, back in the good old days you bought a ticket to begin your journey by train throughout the Los Angeles area. We had over 1200 miles of track before the automobile industry destroyed the rail lines. Brenda Levin renovated the building in the 80s. Can you see the faux windows and the guy painting the “windows” (at left)? Above Left: 1991 Gas Company Tower. Center: 1961 AT&T tower. Right: California Plaza. I couldn’t decide if I liked this photo better with or without the shrubbery so here are both versions! Reflection of Library Tower at right. I love wandering around this plaza. On a hot day in downtown the water features make me feel cooler. A great place for office workers to eat lunch during the week or to walk around on a Sunday when it is pretty much empty except for a few tourists. Above center is a good view of the US Bank building, also known as Library Tower for those of us who know its history. Still the tallest building West of Chicago at 73 floors. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I love taking photos of architecture and I especially like reflections! This sculpture at California Plaza is called Pre-Natal Memories by Mark di Suvero, 1976-1980.
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