Another Los Angeles landmark is threatened as it transitions from a long-term stewardship. The iconic property know as CBS’s Television City reportedly being put up for sale and is being eyed by several developers. It is know as one of the best examples of International Style architecture in Los Angeles. The structure is the master work by midcentury modern architecture firm Pereira and Luckman. The team included the late architect Gin Wong as project coordinator.
Television City played a major role in the history of television as the first large-scale, all-new facility in the nation designed to meet the mass-production of television programming. The studios at Television City have hosted such memorable television events as Elvis Presley’s first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was filmed; the studios featured the talent of iconic comedians Jack Benny and Carol Burnett. The studio now hosts show like The Pice is Right and The Late Late Show with James Cordon. The 25-acre property is located at Beverly and Fairfax, close to The Grove and the original Farmers Market. At least two major developers were reportedly interested in the property, could potentially fetch anywhere from $500 million to $900 million.
Gin Wong, Architect
Gin Wong was a Chinese-born American architect based in Los Angeles, California. During his career, he was the chief of the Architectural Guild for the School of Architecture and Fine Arts at University of Southern California, the founder and chairman of Gin Wong Associates, and the president of William L. Pereira Associates. He was known as the designer of numerous buildings and centers in Southern California and the Pacific Rim, which include the LAX Theme Building, the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) Headquarters Building in Downtown Los Angeles, the CBS Television City, just to name a few. Wong had a significant history with the development of Los Angeles. He was pivotal in the design of the original Los Angeles International Airport, developing a satellite system that moved arrivals, departures and baggage terminals efficiently, a system now considered the blueprint for airport design.
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