AKA: Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), Television Studios, Fairfax District, Los Angeles, CA; CBS Television City, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts buildings

Designers: Pereira and Luckman, Architects, Engineers and Planners (firm); Wong, Gin, Associates, Architects (firm); Charles Irving Luckman Sr. (architect); William Leonard Pereira (architect); Gin Dan Wong (architect)

Dates: constructed 1951-1952

7800 Beverly Boulevard
Fairfax District, Los Angeles, CA 90036-2112

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CBS Television City occupied the southeast corner of North Fairfax Avenue and Beverly Boulevard.

Building History

The New York-based Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) purchased 25 acres of land at the corner of North Fairfax Avenue and Beverly Boulevards in 1950. The company's president, William S. Paley, sought to create a state-of-the-art production studio large enough to produce multiple shows to be shown on his television network. CBS expected great expansion of the medium once the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) completed its report on allocating local television VHF and UHF frequencies. An FCC moratorium imposed in 1948 curtailed the rapid expansion of local television stations for four years, while the complex issue could be studied by a government commission. Release of this FCC report on 04/11/1952, enabled the process of licensing local broadcast affiliates of the main networks of the time, including CBS, the National Broadcasting System (NBC), the American Broadcasting System (ABC), and the DuMont television Network. (SeeEighteenth Annual Report Federal Communications Commission, Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1952, [Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1953], p. 6-7.)

The firm of Pereira and Luckman, formed in 1950, created the masterplan and designs of main buildings for the complex.

Building Notes

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded the CBS Television City a Merit Award in 1954 for cultural buildings.

Alteration

An addition was made in 1976 by Gin Wong Associates.

PCAD id: 4322