Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Spectacular Park Plaza Hotel angels...

The other day whilst driving back from Downtown L.A. I stopped off in the Westlake neighbourhood to take some photographs of the spectacular angels adorning the Park Plaza Hotel.
Park Plaza Hotel building Los AngelesPark Plaza Hotel Neo-Gothic angels
I was following up on a tip-off from one of my blog visitors who pointed out the fantastic angelic masonry of the impressive building, which is just off Wilshire Boulevard at 607 Park View Street overlooking MacArthur Park.
Park Plaza Hotel angel
Park Plaza Hotel building angels
I've been saying for some time that I've been surprised there are not more angel sculptures or architecture in this City of Angels, so it was a delight to find this ornate place.
Park Plaza Hotel masonry angels
Masonry angels Park Plaza Hotel
Apparently it was designed by Art Deco architect Claud Beelman, when he co-owned the prestigious Curlett + Beelman firm in the 1920's.
Park Plaza Hotel LA
Angels of Park Plaza Hotel
Park Plaza was built, in the Neo-Gothic style, by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in 1925 to be their lodge number 99. Eventually the Elks sold the building and it became a luxurious hotel.
Park Plaza Hotel stone angels
Neo-Gothic Park Plaza Hotel angels
After a period of local urban decay and recently renewal, it now plays host to weddings and special events, plus it's used as a rental location for movie shoots.
Park Plaza Hotel Art Deco angels
Park Plaza Hotel building
Not only do they resemble foreboding archangels, but they also have a intriguing history behind them too.

If only all my angel sightings around L.A. could be this impressive...

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