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Work is Underway at the Academy Awards Museum @ Fairfax & Wilshire in the Miracle Mile

Although not many architectural critics are fans of the nearby reworked Petersen Automotive Museum, many in LA are fans of the old 1939 May Company Department Store at Fairfax and Wilshire adjacent to LACMA and thrilled to see it repurposed. Look out Petersen Building! You are going to have some true competition on the block with a pedigree to boot. The new Academy Awards Museum construction is well underway. The design for the project is a collaboration of Italian architect Renzo Piano and contemporary architect Zoltan Pali, and will include a dramatic 1,000 seat transparent domed theatre which will be used for premieres and galas. The old May Company Building was originally designed by architect Albert C. Martin, Sr. who also designed The Los Angeles City Hall. The 5-story building is the best existing example of Streamline Moderne architecture and was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1992. You can’t miss the towering stack of gold coins at it’s edge which greeted shoppers to Pre-WW2 shopping splendor.

The new The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences museum will house the Academy’s collection of over 10 million photographs and extensive film and videos, posters, and production & costume design drawings as well as extensive special collections. The museum is scheduled to open in Spring 2018. For the moment the northern exterior has been exposed but the plans for its completion look pretty sleek. Get a sneak peek of the Academy Museum at

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