DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - History and architecture have intersected at Fifth and Spring streets. The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday, Sept. 4, to name the corner John Parkinson Square after the iconic Los Angeles architect who designed some of the city’s most notable buildings.
Parkinson, who was born in England, moved to Los Angeles in 1894 and opened an architecture office on Spring between Second and Third streets. From there he undertook notable projects including designing the campus master plan and several buildings of the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, City Hall (with Albert C. Martin and John C. Austin), Bullocks Wilshire and Union Station.
Fourteenth District City Councilman José Huizar, who authored the motion to rename the intersection, said that while some people might not know Parkinson’s name, they wouldn’t recognize Los Angeles without his genius.
“His is a legacy of work worth preserving and honoring and no one street better exemplifies his contribution to making Los Angeles Los Angeles than Downtown’s Spring Street,” Huizar said in a prepared statement.
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