The stacked steel of the 1965 Department of Water and Power building downtown was honored as the latest Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument this morning. My friends at the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee nominated the building, designed by A.C. Martin & Associates, the architects behind L.A. City Hall, the Million Dollar Theater and the May Co./ LACMA/ future movie museum at Wilshire and Fairfax. The firm is still headquartered downtown after 106 years and still turning out cool stuff like the Hollenbeck Police Station. The DWP building is so ultra modern, with that double-helix staircase and energy-saving heating and cooling systems that were decades ahead of their time. The unanimous decision was reached this morning and then the commissioners all ran outside to see another symbol of the space age fly by on the back of a 747.
Click below to see Nancy Sinatra sing and pose in front of the brand-new DWP in her TV special Movin’ With Nancy.
Photography by Flora Chou/Los Angeles Conservancy