AKA: Bel-Air Hotel, Bel-Air, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: Kim and Marsh, Architects (firm); Levine/Seegel Associates, Consulting Engineers (firm); Kim ; Levine (engineer); Marsh (architect); Burton Alexander Schutt (architectural designer); Mark H. Seegel (electrical engineer)

Dates: constructed 1922-1946

2 stories

701 Stone Canyon Road
Bel-Air, Los Angeles, CA 90077-2909

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The first two-story Mission Style building (erected c. 1922) on the hotel grounds served as developer Alphonso E. Bell's estate planning and sales office; Burton Schutt designed another hotel building in 1946 for Joseph Drown, a hotel entrepreneur from Texas, who had purchased 18 acres and the land offices in that year. Photographed by Julius Shulman 1946. The Bel-Air Hotel had an addition in 1982, commissioned by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, who had bought the property for $23 million. In 1992, Rosewood sold the hotel for $110 million;

Tel: 310-472-1211. A House Beautiful article of 08/1947 wrote of the Be-Air Hotel: "The Bel-Air Hotel, in Stone Canyon in Los Angeles, is an important example of a style-making public hostelry. Of its vogue with a choosy public there can be no doubt. But it may not have occurred to most observers of the social scene that its acceptance shows a parallel acceptance of Modern." The article's writer noted that the hotel was in part cobbled together from "original stables and real estate offices" on the site, and that these were traditional in style; but architect Burton Schutt modified and updated these buildings by using "...glass walls with a lavish hand, as a way to bring into view the luxuriant gardens and magnificent sycamore trees which are indigenous to the bottoms of California canyons." For this writer, the close inter-weaving of interior and exterior was modern. "Most notable about the Bel-Air's design is this marrying of landscape and structure. It may be that this close relation between architecture and plants is the key to the softened look and its resultant popularity with people of all tastes." The relaxing, interwoven flow between interior and exterior spaces suggested new levels of comfort for Americans following the extended traumas of the Depression and World War II. (See Laura Tanner, "Newest Straw-in-the-wind the Bel-Air Hotel," House Beautiful, 89:8, 08/1947, p. 61.)

Levine / Seegel Associates, Consulting Engineers, produced a MEP System Upgrades/Due Diligence Report for the Bel-Air Hotel. The architects associated with this report were Kim and Marsh Architects.

PCAD id: 676