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It's Hip to be a Square: Celebrating John Parkinson

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 4/30/2014 11:59:00 AM

This week, the intersection of 5th and Spring Streets downtown officially became "John Parkinson Square."  British-born architect John Parkinson designed and built the buildings on all four corners of 5th and Spring, as well as City Hall, Union Station (which celebrates its 75th anniversary this weekend), the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and many buildings at USC. Even though he left an indelible mark on the city of Los Angeles, the city's memory of Parkinson has faded. That's why Stephen Gee wrote the book "Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles."  The book puts Parkinson's achievements into context and has helped renew interest in Parkinson. 

Here's Gee at the ceremony reflecting on what the square's dedication means to him and to Los Angeles.

 

And here's a longer conversation we had with Gee at Union Station about Parkinson's rags-to-riches story and his impact on Los Angeles.

 Photos courtesy Susie Goodman

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