CBS Columbia Square

Built in 1938, designed by Swiss-born architect William Lescaze, the building represents the International Style. It is located on the original site of Nestor Studios, one of the first movie studios in Hollywood, as well as the home of KNX radio. At the time, it was the most expensive broadcasting facility ever built, costing two million dollars. Writer/producer Norman Corwin stated, “Columbia Square was one of the glories of radio.” Columbia Square was home to CBS’s Los Angeles radio and television studios until 2007, and the building unfortunately fell into disrepair. Not long afterward, preservation efforts began and the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission designated CBS Columbia Square a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2009. It was adaptively reused by Kilroy Realty Group.  The adaptive reuse included rehabilitating three historic buildings, adding two new structures and underground parking.  The development includes residential, office and retail.

Scope of Work

Adaptive Reuse • Architectural Woodwork • Concrete Repair • Decorative Metal • Facade Rehabilitation • Metal Windows • Restoration Painting & Coatings • Self-Perform • Terra-Cotta


California Preservation Foundation 2016 • Los Angeles Conservancy 2017

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