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Proposed for Demolition, Century Plaza Hotel Gains Historical Significance

Via the Herald-Examiner Collection, Los Angeles Public Library
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If the new owners of the Century Plaza Hotel, currently operating as a Hyatt Regency, get their way, it will soon be razed for two 600-foot towers for commercial, hotel and residential occupation. But those dreams may have just been slashed. Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Los Angeles Conservancy will name the landmark on their annual America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list, which highlights important examples of the nation's architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage.Making it harder to ignore this recognition, later this morning, the official announcement of the list will take place at the Century Plaza itself with Diane Keaton at the helm. "All over Los Angeles, too many of our great modern buildings have already fallen to the wrecking ball," she said. "We need to lead by example and show the rest of the country that buildings are renewable, and we shouldn't be throwing them away. We should be recycling them just like we recycle newspapers."

Today's location was made with good purpose. The trust wanted to highlight the threat to modernist architecture nationally and highlight the need to recycle existing infrastructure.