Shifting Roles for Historic Landmarks

blog-hancockFollow the money: In Washington, DC there were no buyers for the famous (and infamous) Watergate Hotel, which went up for auction this week after the previous owners defaulted on their loan; in Los Angeles, despite the efforts of preservationists like Diane Keaton, the plans to destroy the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, which is the a cornerstone of a development designed to evoke the New York World’s Fair of 1964, are underway; and one announcement in Chicago has purists breathing a sigh of relief — unlike the newly renamed Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), representatives of the John Hancock Center, pictured here, have publicly stated that no name change is in their plans. SS.