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Ace Hotel Los Angeles

For the similar theatre in Detroit, see United Artists Theatre Building.
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Former names United Artists Theatre, Texaco Building
General information
Type Hotel
Theatre
Location 929 South Broadway
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates

34°02′30″N 118°15′26″W / 34.0416°N 118.2571°W / 34.0416; -118.2571Coordinates: 34°02′30″N 118°15′26″W / 34.0416°N 118.2571°W / 34.0416; -118.2571

Completed 1927
Height
Roof 73.76 m (242.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 13
Design and construction
Architect Walker & Eisen
Charles Howard Crane
Structural engineer Scofield Engineering Construction
References
[1][2]

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, originally built as the United Artists Building and later known as the Texaco Building, is a 74 m (243 ft), 13-storey highrise hotel and theater building located at 937 South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, California. It was the tallest building in the city for one year after its completion in 1927. The building contains the historic United Artists Theatre, the flagship theatre built for the United Artists motion picture studio. The theater was later used as a church by pastors Gene Scott and his widow Melissa Scott under the name Los Angeles University Cathedral. In October 2011, Scott's Wescott Christian Center Inc. sold the building to Greenfield Partners, a real estate investment company located in South Norwalk, Connecticut, for $11 million.[3] It is currently being converted to a hotel, set to open in Fall 2013.

United Artists Theatre

The United Artists Theatre, known more recently as the Los Angeles University Cathedral, is a former movie palace and Protestant church in downtown Los Angeles, California. It was designed by the architect C. Howard Crane of the firm Walker & Eisen for the United Artists corporation formed by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.[4]

Construction was completed in 1927. The theater was the first of many constructed by United Artists and served as the first major preview house located in Los Angeles rather than in New York City. The building was the tallest privately owned structure in Los Angeles until 1956. Its style is Spanish Gothic, patterned after a cathedral in Segovia, Spain.

Los Angeles University Cathedral period

The building was first leased by the late pastor Gene Scott in 1989, to be used as the location from which to broadcast the live Sunday services of his ministry. Scott held his first Sunday service there in 1990 and continued to hold Sunday services there until his death in 2005. A designated historic monument in itself, the building was for many years topped by the historic "Jesus Saves" neon signs (originally from the Church of the Open Door). They were located in the rear lower roof, one facing the west and one north, until September 10, 2011, when one sign was removed by crane. The building was claimed to house the largest collection of bibles in private hands. After leasing for thirteen years, Gene Scott purchased the building in 2002.

After Scott's death, services continued to be held at the Los Angeles University Cathedral by Pastor Melissa Scott, the widow of Gene Scott, with services broadcast over TV, shortwave radio, and the Internet. In October 2011, Scott's Wescott Christian Center Inc. sold the building to Greenfield Partners, a real estate investment company located in South Norwalk, Connecticut, for $11 million.[3]

Ace Hotel conversion

The building is currently being completely restored and renovated to serve as a luxury boutique hotel called Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. It will feature 180 rooms, a pool, a restaurant and bar, as well as the restored United Artists Theatre.[5] It is set to open in the Fall of 2013

Gallery

See also

References

External links

  • Ace Hotel Los Angeles
  • Texaco Building at You-Are-Here.com
  • United Artists Building Exterior at Public Art in Los Angeles
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