John Parkinson Square Dedication

Join scholars, historians and Los Angeles architecture enthusiasts as Councilmembers José Huizar and Tom LaBonge officially unveil the signage proclaiming the intersection of Fifth & Spring Streets, in downtown Los Angeles, as “John Parkinson Square.”

John Parkinson, an immigrant from Leicestershire, England, was one of Los Angeles’ premier architects in the early twentieth century, the boom days of the city’s development. Over fifty of of his buildings still stand in downtown Los Angeles, and more than a hundred across the city, including such iconic structures as the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Union Station, Bullocks Wilshire, Los Angeles City Hall, and the four buildings at the intersection of Fifth and Spring: The Alexandria Hotel, Crocker Bank, Rowan and Security Savings. To learn more about his work, we recommend Stephen Gee’s recent biography, Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles.