Friday, December 02, 2005

Ambassador Cam, #14

Ambassador Hotel, 12/1/2005, 10:15 a.m.

Meanwhile, does anyone have info on the eventual fate of the Ambassador sign?

It's obviously not an original part of the hotel, and you could argue that the gaudy 70s-era sign isn't worth saving. On the flip side, by allowing the sign to remain, LAUSD would at least allow some sort of acknowledgement that the Ambassador Hotel once stood here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you would like to go around the hotel over the weekend to catch some of the details like the "hotel" sign ( ) just let me know. I'm a photographer with a bit of passion towards the hotel and I would be more than happy to help. Of course only if you have such a desire I think that also the details makes this place magical. wojtek (wilshire/normandie)

9:21 AM  
Blogger jay at 35.5 said...

I agree even though its not the original sign the 70's Grove and the Grove sign were part of the history of the Ambassador Hotel. They should be put into a museum or something along with the original sign that used to sit on on The Cocoanut Grove announcing who was going to appear. But of course LAUSD would never do something so compassionate. They among others continue to destroy our landmarks in the name of progress

10:38 AM  
Blogger blackiemonty said...

That is the original sign pylon. The top originally had a light. The bottom a bronze statue of Betty Grable in a fountain of flying fish called "Where the Flying Fishes Play".

The crests around the base and the bas relif on the walls are original. I hope they save them.

5:14 PM  
Anonymous said...

I live accross the street and used to park my car on the ambassador property...LAUSD promised us in 2002 we would NOT lose our parking HA!...I happen to LOVE the sign It is pidgeon typeface very very 70's when Sammy owned the Coconut Grove...I've been thrtough the hotel many times and what burns me is that in a city where kids can't read a drop out of school LAUSD decides to spend 14 BILLION DOLLERS on construction...anyone who knows anything about the constructiuon bisness and government knows that AT LEAST 1 and a HALF BILLION DOLLERS will be wasted through graft and coruption It is FACT Just Look at the Belmont HS travesty where 450 MILLION was WASTED...I'm from NYC and LAUSD could have easily refitted the HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of sq feet of abandoned office space in the Wilshire corridor for PENNIES as compared to the 375 million PLUS OVERRUNS for their k through 12 school...where does a city fiigure it's OK to put Kindergarten kids and first graders on the same campus as HS kids? And this OVERCROWDING thing...yeah it may be bad but it is a MANAGEMENT issue not a CONSTRUCTION issue...why are all the schools in such poor condition, anyway??? where has construction money been going??? why not put a park a beautiful 24 acre park in the middle of all the conmcrete in the wilshire corridor??? it is the most heavily populated neighborhood IN THE COUNTRY according to the census...I'm just getting started it is a travesty of justice to take that property sure their is historic value but more important is that so few really care most just do all they can to get up in the morning and make it through the day at their boring tired jobs we need to look at how the system is numbing us into submission so we actually respond like paqvlovian dogs to commands like "money to build schools" "oh, ok that's a good thing" PAHLEEZE! I love the site thank you and By the way did you notice how they kicked us out like criminals when they took the property, then killed like 40 old beatiful palm trees that were like at least 85 years old and then sodded and put in a sprinkler system on the site to make a field ON THE CONSTRUCTION SITE where not only is it dangerous and against any construction saftey by laws, but retarded because the air is really really poluted near the site since they started demo I know I live accross the street a WASTE OF OUR MONEY LAUSD!!! I'm just getting started...thank you again and I'll be in touch ...ziabonita

10:07 AM  
Blogger blackiemonty said...

The palm tree destruction is appalling! They pulled down the ornate street lamps also. The lamps failed to sell at the auction. I foolishly was hoping they put them aside to save them for the new school.

A 4,000 student urban school. Failure, failure, failure. That is my prediction. Schools need to get smaller not bigger. What a waste,

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Smaller not biger, the quolity is what matters, not number.
/wojtek (from accross the street)

8:11 AM  

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