Dear Ms. Dudman:
I am writing in support of the campaign to preserve the iconic UCLA Faculty Center. Marmol Radziner is a design-build firm with a deep connection to mid-century California architecture. As architects and builders, we have worked on many historic restorations of modern buildings, such as Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House, Rudolph Schindler’s Elliot House, and Albert Frey’s Loewy House. We deeply value mid-century gems like the UCLA Faculty Center.
The UCLA Faculty Center is an important historical example, not only in terms of Austin, Field, and Fry‘s own legacy and architectural imprint, but also in terms of the wider history of our City, the University of California, and mid-century architecture. The Faculty Center is a rare example of a public building in the California ranch style, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, multiple fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, and similar elements usually reserved for residential spaces. Losing this building would be losing a piece of our Modern history.
The Faculty Center holds great value for everyone who experiences the space. We would be extremely saddened to see the Faculty Center lost and hope that the University will uphold and protect the University’s rich architectural heritage.
We would be happy to meet with you at no charge to discuss options other than demolition. We recently worked with the developer of the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City to assess the alternatives to demolition while still meeting their development goals. The developer has now opted to rehabilitate the Modern historic hotel. We would be thrilled to assist UCLA in finding a way to preserve its architectural history as well.
Leo Marmol, FAIA
12210 Nebraska Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 090025