And the never-ending writers' strike is now affecting the physical landscape of the city with the news that 5800 Wilshire Blvd---third place winner in our Ugliest Building Contest---appears to have lost a tenant. Axium International, an entertainment payroll and accounting company, has sent employees packing and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. Unfortunately, it appears there are other tenants in this two-story building so it's doubtful the structure will meet the dozer anytime soon, but fingers crossed!
"5800 W. Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036"
READER SUBMITTAL: "5800 Wilshire Blvd @ CursonAvenue. I say this building is ugly, my husband says its offensive. You be the judge. They couldn't quite afford to put the marble facade around all four sides, so the side facing the Craft and Folk Art museum is bare. What exactly is the purpose of that multi-media screen? The blinking images there (mainly blue for some reason) flash all night long and are visible several blocks away. Clearly the marble was meant to put the building in the same league as the Wilshire Courtyard complex across Curson Ave, but the scale is all wrong. The bottom story glass windows are scratched and covered with graffiti. And although the owners are attempting to create permanence with all that marble, the long pipe in the foreground is a reminder that the building, across from the Tar Pits, sits on a pocket of methane gas. The saddest thing about this eyesore is that underneath it all is a cute tile and stucco mid-century building in vintage sea green. The occupant is Axium, in the business of “Human Capital Solutions.” Seems fitting somehow..”