Thursday, October 31, 2013

Biltmore Bedecking

The interiors of the Biltmore Hotel are decorated with: carved marble fountains and columns; massive wood-beamed ceilings; travertine and oak paneled walls; lead crystal chandeliers; caste bronze stairwells and doorways; fine artisan marquetry and mill work; heavily embroidered imported tapestries and draperies; and the "Biltmore Angel".

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Biltmore Ceilings

The interiors of the Biltmore Hotel are decorated with many frescos and murals. Most notable are the frescoed mural ceilings in the main Galleria and the Crystal Ballroom, which were hand painted in 1922 by Italian artist Giovanni Smeraldi, known for his work in the Vatican and the White House

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Upon its grand opening in 1923, the Los Angeles Biltmore was the largest hotel west of Chicago, Illinois in the United States. In 1969 the Biltmore Hotel was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument by the City of Los Angeles.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Pershing Square

The park faces criticism from what many believe to be a poor design. The walls along the sides and the raised entryway on the corners keep people out rather than invite people in. 

The arched seating and railings are intended to deter the homeless from laying down and sleeping causing the area to feel uninviting. The locals call the palm tree lined area near the Northeast corner "urinal alley" citing disgust over the frequent urination from the homeless.

The artwork and fountain on the South end created by Ricardo Legorreta often goes misinterpreted even though it was created with good intention. The purple bell tower, aqueduct, and orange concrete spheres are meant to symbolize the water flow from the California mountain ranges to the citrus farmers. However, most visitors misinterpret this as just being ugly without any meaning or significance. Visitors only see orange concrete spheres, uncomfortable seating, a fountain, and an abstract purple triangle-like structure with a bell inside without any further interpretation.

The "Cheese Wedge" structure that houses a closed snack bar also has significance and meaning, none of which is known at the time of posting.

AEG, the corporation currently operating the Staples Center and L.A. Live complex is currently sponsoring a $700,000.00 re-design of the Pershing Square. Efforts are currently underway to re-envision ways to improve the current park.

Source: Wikipedia

Friday, October 25, 2013

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