Friday, October 3, 2008

Overhaul Of Fidelity Federal Building Nearly Complete

The overhaul of the W.A. Sarmiento 1956 Fidelity Federal Building at Broadway and Louise into conventional office space is nearly complete. While the groovy 50's louvers were lost in the overhaul, the building remains fairly attractive.
Here it is this week:

Here is the building before construction began, from the EIR:

For historical interest, here is a rendering of the earlier "Animation Bank" museum that was once proposed for the site:

I found this image on the website of Osborn Architects, who also designed the Park(ing) Day LA temporary park on Brand a few weeks ago.

I work in animation, so it's very disappointing that the animation museum won't be built. On the other hand, it will be a relief to see this building occupied, as it's been vacant during the four-plus years I've been working downtown.

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