Ed Fickett’s Contributions to the Communities of Los Angeles
His unique regional perspective as an architect born and raised in California, he emphasized openness, light, functionality, and a gentle footprint on the Mid-Century Modern design landscape. The irony is Fickett notated the West Hollywood Park Library as an example of his Achievement in Architectural Design within his application for Fellowship to the American Institute of Architects. How the City got past the historical significance of the West Hollywood Park’s creator is beyond anyone’s comprehension. It makes you wonder whom the City hires to investigate merits of architecture and historical significance on behalf of the City.
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- Every effort should be taken to avoid the demolition of this potential landmark building and find a way to incorporate it into the design of the Master Plan.
- The West Hollywood Park Library can be adapted to fit the needs of the gay community as a place for marriage ceremonies and receptions with the City receiving an economic incentive by renting the facility as a special events room.
- With proper maintenance and the removal of invasive roots from trees around the site, the building could once again be restored to the original luster it once had.
- The West Hollywood Park Library can be sensitively upgraded for enhanced energy efficiency to meet the project’s sustainability goals.
- Increasing the Parks total green area by more than 3 acres would indicate there is room for discussion in keeping the West Hollywood Library from being razed as there would adequate green area with the new Master Plan including the Fickett Library.
- Demolition of the West Hollywood Park Library, would call into question the City’s ability to protect our cultural heritage when clear adaptive reuse options exist.
- Plans to raze the West Hollywood Library should be avoided. This sets a precedent and could invite further changes and cumulative impacts to this linear historic landscape monument.