AIA|LA Tour: The Elysian, An Architectural Gem is BornWhen: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: The Elysian,
1115 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Guided tour by David Lawrence Gray Architects & LINEAR CITY DEVELOPMENT, LLC
THE METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT: 1961 to 1993
Originally conceived as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District, The Elysian was designed by internationally acclaimed architect William Pereira, whose other noteworthy projects include the TransAmerica Building in San Francisco, the County Museum of Art and CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles, and the Library at the University of California in San Diego. One of only three architects to be featured on the cover of Time Magazine (along with Frank Lloyd Wright and I.M. Pei), Pereira is internationally acknowledged as a pioneer of Mid-century Modernism.
The MWD complex was originally designed by Pereira in 1961. The low rise component was completed in 1963 and the eight story tower that has now been transformed into 96 remarkable residential units, was erected in 1973. Perched on a hill overlooking Sunset Blvd, the iconic tower is strategically located between Chinatown and Echo Park with easy access to both the 101 and 110 Freeways.
THE REBIRTH: 2014
Since 1993, after the MWD’s move, the tower stood vacant for nearly 20 years. Under new ownership by Linear City Development in 2011, they began to repurpose Pereira’s landmark building. David Lawrence Gray was hired as the project architect. MWD General Counsel, John Clairday, was able to provide the design team with the original plans and construction details. The Elysian is a remarkable achievement. Linear City is proud to have engineered the rebirth of one of the most significant mid-century buildings in Southern California, an iconic structure that will quickly become home to a diverse and sophisticated community of very fortunate residents.
More information: http://theelysian.la/the-elysian/