Supporters Battle to Save 'West Coast White House'

'West Coast White House' added to list of America's most endangered buildings
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2009 6:59 AM CDT
Supporters Battle to Save 'West Coast White House'
The Century Plaza Hotel is seen in the Century City area of Los Angeles yesterday.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Fans of 20th-century architecture are rallying to save an LA landmark from the wrecking ball, reports the Los Angeles Times. Developers want to raze the '60s-modernist Century Plaza hotel—once known as the West Coast White House due to its appeal among politicians and celebs—but supporters have persuaded the National Trust for Historic Preservation to add it to its list of America's most endangered buildings.

"All over Los Angeles, too many of our great modern buildings have already fallen to the wrecking ball," actress Diane Keaton said as the list was announced at the hotel. "We need to lead by example and show the rest of the country that buildings are renewable, and we shouldn't be throwing them away."
(More hotel stories.)

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