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Historic Core to Get a Holiday Inn with History

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2008, at 12:39AM
Metropolitan Garage Los Angeles Times

1952 Times caption begins: Shown above is the 13-story Metropolitan Garage Building, at 417 S Spring St., newly acquired by the Title Insurance & Trust Co...

Brady Westwater is reporting that a Holiday Inn is signed on to open in the Historic Core, occupying the annex to the John Parkinson designed Title Insurance Building on Spring street between 4th and 5th. As Brady notes, the site is directly across the street from Tom Gilmore's proposed hotel development, announced back in October. What's particularly interesting, though, is that this may well be the first Holiday Inn to occupy a former parking garage.

The 13-story annex at 417 S. Spring street was built in 1928 as the Metropolitan Parking Garage. The Title Insurance & Trust Company acquired the structure in late 1952 from Bentley J. Tufeld and remodeled it into office space in 1954. The expansion added 178,000 square feet to the 350,000 square feet of offices housed next door in the company's 433 S. Spring location. Four floors of parking were kept at the bottom of the building, and the exterior was given a modern look and colored to match the headquarters next door.

If plans go through and the Holiday Inn is installed, you'll get the chance to sleep where Model A's once parked.

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