Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Two MCM Sites on 2009 National Trust Most Endagered List

The Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and Miami Marine Stadium were included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2009 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, which was announced today in LA by National Trust President Richard Moe and actress Diane Keaton, who has been working to save the Century Plaza.

From the National Trust:

Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, Calif.— Opened in 1966, the 19-story curved hotel, designed by renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki, who would later design New York’s World Trade Center twin towers, has been a prominent Los Angeles landmark for more than four decades. Despite a $36 million facelift just over a year ago, the hotel’s new owners now intend to raze the building and replace it with two 600-foot, “environmentally sensitive” towers.

Miami Marine Stadium, Virginia Key, Fla.— Completed in 1963, Miami Marine Stadium is both a South Florida landmark and an icon of modern design [Hilario Candela was the principal architect]. Built entirely of poured concrete and featuring a dramatically cantilevered folded-plate roof, the stadium is a sentimental favorite of many Miami residents. After sustaining damage during Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the stadium, a prime target for developers, closed and has since suffered from years of deterioration, vandalism and neglect.

Good piece from the LA Times on the history of Century City and the hotel. Learn more about Miami Marine Stadium and see good historical photos here.

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