On the last Sunday of each month during the hours of noon-2pm, LAVA welcomes interested individuals to gather in downtown Los Angeles for a loosely structured conversational Salon featuring short presentations and opportunities to meet and connect with one another. If you’re interested in joining LAVA as a creative contributor or an attendee, we recommend Salon attendance as an introduction to this growing community.
For a special LAVA Sunday Salon that includes a walking tour, you are invited to join architect and historian Alan Hess and Esotouric’s Richard Schave for a program dedicated to the nearby and endangered Times Mirror Square (1973).
This is the third event in the Pereira In Peril series—earlier talks were on the Metropolitan Water District (1963) and LACMA campus (1965) — and will focus on the redevelopment threat facing the recently sold Times Mirror Square and its effect on the legacy of mid-century architect and city planner William L. Pereira, whose corporate and civic work helped define Los Angeles.
The first half of the event will be a LAVA Sunday Salon discussion in the basement of Grand Central Market. Then the group will walk two blocks north to Times Mirror Square, where we will continue to refine the discussion of Pereira’s legacy and significance while viewing the 1973 black glass corporate headquarters. This widely misunderstood structure at the northwest corner of the historic Los Angeles Times compound reveals fascinating layers of change in the city’s architectural style, the Chandler family’s relationship with their newspaper and Pereira’s evolution as an architect. With its future uncertain, there has never been a better time to get to know Times Mirror Square.