The corner of Wilshire and Fairfax will be undergoing major transformation over the next several years – both below and above the surface.
Below the Surface – Purple Line Subway Station
The corner of Wilshire and Fairfax will be home to one of three subway stations along the first phase of the Purple Line Extension – a Metro project that will eventually take the subway from Western, along Wilshire, to La Cienega. In phase 2, the Purple Line Extension continues out west to the VA Hospital in West LA.
On Thursday, it was revealed that President Obama’s proposed 2014 budget includes $65 million in Federal Funds for the Purple Line Extension. Those funds are especially welcome as they represent the first payment for more federal dollars that will flow to the project in future federal budgets via the federal New Starts program that helps local transit agencies pay for big, pricey transit improvements — such as new rail lines. The first phase of the Purple Line Extension (Western to La Cienega) is scheduled to be complete in 2020.
Above the Surface – The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Announces Naming of The David Geffen Theater and Shares Photos of the Academy Museum
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday that it has received a $25 million commitment from The David Geffen Foundation for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The gift was made as part of the Academy Museum’s $300 million capital campaign and is the largest commitment received to date. In recognition of this gift, the Academy will name the Museum’s premiere-sized theater The David Geffen Theater.
Designed by architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, the Academy Museum will be located next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the historic Wilshire May Company building. Slated to open in early 2017, the Academy Museum will contain nearly 300,000 square feet of state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, theaters, screening rooms, education centers, and special event spaces.
The design for the Academy Museum fully restores the Wilshire and Fairfax street-front facades of the original 1939 Streamline Moderne building. It also includes a spherical wing at the northern end of the original building that will replace an extension made to the structure in 1946. Designed to represent the marriage of art and technology, the wing will house The David Geffen Theater and will be a spectacular new piece of contemporary architecture that will perfectly complement the historic building.