Any news on that redevelopment of the century-old Herald-Examiner building on Broadway? Uh no, guess not, as the Downtown News profiles the site's outgoing building manager, who has been around for 39 years. In 1913, Los Angeles Examiner founder William Randolph Hearst commissioned the building at Broadway and Eleventh from his favorite architect, Julia Morgan (she designed his Hearst Castle in San Simeon). In the mid aughts, plans were approved for a rehab of the old building--with new office space, retail, and a health club--and the addition of 24-story and 37-story residential towers designed by Morphosis. Those plans have now been on hold approximately forever, but meanwhile building manager Charles Lutz has been hanging out taking care of the joint--the last paper went out on November 2, 1989 and now the building is "mainly used for film shoots." Back in 2009, Hearst's head of real estate told us "We're waiting for things to turn around. We do have an approved project down there ? I wish the market was better because we look forward to moving forward with the project." Now he tells the Downtown News "[Lutz] is the person with all the answers. He's the go-to man for anything to do with the property."
· The Last Man Out: 39 Years at the Herald Examiner [DN]
· Herald-Examiner Building Still Beautiful, Still Empty [Curbed LA]