DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - For the first time in about 60 years the original façade of a 1911 Broadway building is once again visible.
On Wednesday afternoon work crews removed the scaffolding and tarps that had temporarily covered the five-story building at 351 S. Broadway to reveal a newly restored yellow edifice and 12 large square windows.
The work is part of a $7.5 million restoration project by architect and building owner David Gray, who is turning the structure into and office building set to be completed by the first quarter of 2014.
The project is almost out of the city plan-check stage and calls for the addition of a sixth floor and a bar in a 3,500 square-foot ground floor space, Gray said.
Since the early 1990s the building’s façade was covered by a red and gold mural called “Calle de la Eternidad,” which featured a pair of arms stretching out into the sky. It had to be removed in order to add windows and restore the façade, which was originally covered up with stucco in the 1950s.
But Gray, along with city officials and art experts came up with a plan to preserve the mural by digitally scanning and documenting the entire piece and reproducing it on the building’s south facing wall.
The mural was created by artist Johanna Poethig, who will recreate the mural on a canvas that will be adhered to the south wall of the building.
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