Like done in the movies when it’s time for a toast, let’s raise our glasses for Hotel Cecil. A Neoclassical presence, once marveled by all and it is one of the last remaining buildings that use to bring a spectacle of people into town, Los Angeles Architectural Design hadn’t looked any better.
It is reported that a New York based company by the name of Simon Baron Development, has bought a 99 year lease on the building. The gutting has already begun, it’s being shown that there has been no inclination to preserve any of the elements of Loy Lester Smith’s, he was an elaborate and eccentric designer, the building has stood since its 1924 debut and on which Simon Baron described it as “hodgepodge”, something not worth preserving.
Though Baron doesn’t specifically say it, Los Angeles Architectural Design (the Cecil) has probably fallen victim to its ragged reputation, least to say.
Since World War II, the hotel was home to low income clientele, even transients were involved in drug crimes. The tenant that stands out the most is Richard Ramirez, in which he turned out to be a serial killer. In the last few years that the Cecil was hanging on, numerous factors were conspired against it. One soaring value the Cecil has for Los Angeles Architectural Design is its history.
In February of 2013, the Cecil’s owners attempted to rebrand and call it Stay On Main, it would be a hip, hostel type of environment for young professionals. Its reputation took a final crushing blow. Elisa Lam, a Canadian tourist, was found dead at the Cecil under some mysterious and gruesome circumstances. Once conspiracy theorists discovered the story, it blew up online.
In Los Angeles Plays Itself, documentarian Thom Andersen had explored the ways in which Los Angeles Architectural Design tends to become a key factor of the way stories have been told about the Cecil. With its unconventional, mix of luxury and a touch of frivolousness, with an added faded Old Hollywood glamor, the Cecil played such an important role in the Lam saga that it caught the attention of Ryan Murphy, in which the Lam incident was critical because it was the main inspiration for Season Four of his intense show, American Horror Story.
People all over associated the Cecil with the hollowed darkest of human experience, and it definitely looked so.
In closing, its place in DTLA’s Historic Corridor has grown more insecure by the day. Affluent professionals have been returning to urban centers and driving a brutal LA housing uprise. The Cecil was a hot commodity once. After many failed attempts to revive the building’s reputation, It’s been a major challenge for Los Angeles Architectural Design, designers/developers would have to erase its past completely, even if that meant redesigning its interior from scratch and removing what made him such an Oscar caliber character actor.
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