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Faculty Genter at UGLA While the Faculty Center on the UCLA campus is no longer in imminent danger of demolition, the Conservancy has nominated it for listing in the California Register of Historical Resources in order to secure its consideration as a historic resource in the future. ln January the nomination received the support of the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission, which voted 5-0 in support and recommended designation to the City Council as paft ofthe City's internal process for com-

menting on California Register nominations. The State Office of Historic Preservation will review the nomination and prepare a recommendation to the State Historical Resources Commission. At an upcoming

The State Office of Historic Preservation will soon review the nomination of the 1959 UCLA Facultv Center to the California Register of Historical Resources. Photo by Joe Fletcher.

quarterly hearing, the Commission will make the final decision on whether to list the build-

ing in the California Register. Completed in 1959, the UCLA Faculty Center represents a distinctive interpretation of the Ranch style applied to an institutional building. Its post-and-beam construction, large floor-to-ceiling windows, and indooroutdoor spaces create a casual, welcoming environment conducive to faculty lunches and convening. The firm ofAustin, Field and Fry served as executive architect for the Faculty CenteE while Welton Becket and Associates, lhe master planner for the UCLA campus at the time, served as supervising architect. Renowned landscape architect Ralph Cornell designed the landscape. In August 2010, UCLAproposed demolishing the Faculty Center to make way for a hotel and conference center, prompting outcry from nearby residents, university faculty, and the preservation community. The university later chose to relocate the conference center project to a new site. Both then and now, UCLA representatives oppose recognizing the Faculty Center as a historic resource.

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Effort to Designate UCLA Faculty Center as Historical Building  
Effort to Designate UCLA Faculty Center as Historical Building  

The LA Conservancy reports on its efforts to preserve the UCLA Faculty Center (which are opposed by UCLA). Originally, the structure was sl...