Los Angeles Times Building
The Times Building is located at the corner of 1st and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles.
The Times Building, which won a gold medal at the Paris Exposition of 1937 for its Moderne architectural style,
set a number of firsts. It was the first newspaper building in the country to be entirely air conditioned.
It was also the largest building in the Western U.S. that was designed and occupied entirely as a daily newspaper publishing operation.
Advanced earthquake protection - prompted by devastating earthquakes in Santa Barbara and Long Beach -
was also a significant part of the building's construction. The building was constructed as two separate
structural units, with a six-inch separation between them.
The units are connected on each floor with metal slip joints designed
to provide some "flex" in the large structure. During subsequent earthquakes, including the January 1994 Northridge quake,
they functioned as their designers intended.
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