The City of Los Angeles, DLANC and the Historic Core BID will honor the Historic Core’s iconic architecture by recognizing the intersection of 5th & Spring as John Parkinson Square. Establishing an architecture firm on Spring Street in 1896, John Parkinson was responsible for much of Los Angeles’ most recognizable architecture. Landmarks such as City Hall, Union Station, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Bullocks Wilshire, and Grand Central Market were all designed by Parkinson and his firm.
In Downtown’s Historic Core, examples of his work can be seen all along Spring Street, including the Alexandria at 5th/Spring, the Rosslyn Hotel at 5th/Main, and the Continental Building at 4th/Spring. With such a direct impact on the look and feel of the Historic Core, John Parkinson deserves great recognition and credit for his contributions to the neighborhood.