A History of Hotel Figueroa and DTLA

Sep 17

Broad Contemporary Art Museum

Broad Contemporary Art Museum opens at LACMA.

Jul 21

L.A. Live

The doors open at the Microsoft Theater and its surrounding square, as the first phase of L.A. Live—an entertainment campus now featuring sports and music venues, night clubs, restaurants, a bowling alley, museum and movie theaters. In 2008, Club Nokia opened along with world-famous The GRAMMY Museum®. Plus the first-ever..Read more

May 21

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by Los Angeles-based architect Frank Gehry, becomes a new architectural emblem for the city, and the acoustically perfect home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Oct 17

Staples Center

Home to the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers of the NBA—as well as the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL and the Los Angeles Spark of the WNBA—the Staples Center opened in the fall of 1999, finally replacing the Great Western Forum in Inglewood. The 5 million facility hosts over..Read more

Jan 01

By the 1980s…

The Figueroa was a world-class tourist hotel once again. Uno had put it back on the downtown map. Just before the millennium… Downtown Los Angeles had a resurgence of its own when mega-complex L.A. Live moved next door in 1999—and so began the cultural revolution of the neighborhood.

Feb 21

The Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art is founded, with one of the most comprehensive collections of late-20th-century art in the United States. Its main gallery (1986) is on Grand Avenue, designed by Arata Isozaki. MOCA galleries also include the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo and MOCA West in West Hollywood.

Dec 21

Ira Gagon

Uno hired artist Ira Gagon to add his mark to the hotel’s walls. (Ira would eventually move in to the hotel in exchange for his creative contributions. Art for abode.)

Jan 21

The Uno of a Kind Years

America celebrated its bicentennial, and the Hotel Figueroa celebrated a new owner, Swedish-born Uno Thimansson—who created the eclectic Moroccan retreat we’ve come to know and love.

Jul 21

The Mark Taper Forum

The Mark Taper Forum opens at the Music Center. It will be instrumental in the launch of successful new plays including Angels in America.

Jan 15

Super Bowl 1

Super Bowl I takes place at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Sep 27

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion opens as the cornerstone of the Music Center of Los Angeles County. It is to serve as home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera and Music Center Dance, as well as several Oscar presentations.

Apr 10

Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium welcomes the former Brooklyn Dodgers to their new home in front of 52,564 fans—as the first Major League Baseball team west of Missouri. Back in September 1957, the city of Los Angeles gave 300 acres to the Dodgers in exchange for the deed to Wrigley Field in Los..Read more

Oct 21


USC establishes the first schools in the United States for Cinema-Television, Gerontology and Urban Planning & Development.

May 03

Union Station

Union Station opens in Downtown Los Angeles. Its style combines Mission, Spanish Colonial and Streamline Moderne motifs, to dramatic effect. Los Angeles Chinatown moves to its present location to make way.

Jul 30

X Olympiad

Los Angeles hosts the games of the X Olympiad. Tenth Street is renamed Olympic Boulevard.

Oct 29

The Crash

Despite raising money to save the hotel, the YWCA eventually lost it when the stock market crashed in October of 1929. Talk about bad timing. They did, however, keep their headquarters on the property until 1951—just as the hotel kept its status as a destination for professional women.

Jan 30

Let them in!

The Figueroa opened women-only floors to men to increase business.

Jan 21

Los Angeles City Hall opens

Los Angeles City Hall opens. Just the facts, ma’am: the tower, with its distinctive pyramid-shaped roof, later appears on the opening credits of the TV show Dragnet. 

Aug 14

The Grand Premiere Continued

That same year… they broke ground on the Hotel Figueroa. Those women were organized. The Hotel Figueroa was completed ahead of schedule (because: unstoppable women) and dedicated on August 14, 1926. Oh yes, there was dancing. More than 300 guests attended the inaugural soiree in the Fountain Ballroom, including reps..Read more

Jan 01

The Grand Premiere

The social scene was likewise impressive: bridge parties, musicals, recitals, dances, golf, swim lessons and a gym. The Figueroa was managed by Maude N. Bouldin, a firecracker with “a personality all her own.” She found her way to Los Angeles in 1920 via Washington D.C. and New York, and dedicated..Read more

Dec 21

1900-1925: The Hotel Figueroa Prequel

Around the turn of the century… Eleven proper ladies from New York City with a thing for empowerment (and being way ahead of their time) went West, just like the grasshoppers. They founded the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles (Young Women’s Christian Association) with a mission to advance young women..Read more

Dec 21

Pre-1900: An LA Origin Story

Originally named El Pueblo de la Reyna de Los Angeles in 1781 and lined with adobe-brick homes, our city soon became the Ciudad de Los Angeles. The glittering City of Angels. (And glittering actors.) The United States cast Los Angeles in 1848 through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, adding the..Read more