California Plaza & Omni Hotel

Northeast corner of Grand Avenue and Fourth Street

Construction of this project began in 1983, after the completion of plans by Arthur Erickson Architects, Kamnitzer and Cotton, Gruen Associates. The project was completed in 1992, and included two office towers (42 and 55 stories) with 2.4 million square feet of leasable space, the 453 room Omni Los Angeles Hotel, and 150 residential condominium units (The Museum Tower). It is also home to the relocated ticket office of Angels Flight (photo at lower left). A water court is the product of a "one percent for art" initiative on new buildings that applied to much of the new downtown. The court serves as the setting for Grand Performances, a series of free concerts held every summer.

At left, Elizabeth Roseman surveys the Historic Core from the top of Angels Flight at California Plaza. To the left is City Hall and to the right are the Grand Central Market, the Million Dollar Theatre Building (former headquarters for the Metropolitan Water District), and the Ronald Reagan State (office) Building.

PHOTOS: G. DeVerteuil, G. Rein, J. Mapes