|The corner of Fairfax and Wilshire in 1951. The May Co building is Streamline Modern, built in 1939
But on the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire has sat the flagship Deco store of May Company (a now defunct Department Store). When Macy's purchased the May Co / Robinsons Department stores, the flagship store was put into preservation with the idea that someday it might be incorporated into the LA County Museum complex.
Ultimately, after lots of issues, the LA County Museum of Art, just east of the building, expanded towards Fairfax. Across the street (on the south side) the Petersen Auto Museum compleed a radical overhaul of it's building. And then the Academy of Motion Pictures agreed to put it's museum there in the old MayCo building. And decided to build a theater extension for showing films. It looks cool!
It is under way now. In some pictures were it says RPBW that is the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Renzo Piano is an Italian Architect that did the Pompidou Center (Paris), the Shard (London) and the New York Times tower to note a few. This looks amazing!
|Rendering: Looking down Fairfax towards Wilshire.
|Rendering: Looking across Fairfax from the old Googie diner lot.
|In progress shot
|View from the top
|Drone view: above Park La Brea
Red circle is the LA County Museum complex. Lower green is the original Marie Callenders (which was the inspiration for the diner "Mildred's" in Mildred Pierce. Between them, the green space is the La Brea Tar Pits.
Upper green is the original Farmer's Market and The Grove shopping center.
The weird grid layout in between is "Park La Brea". Where everyone either lived or had a friend that lived there. (I had many but Lauren Pfau was the one that stands out).