When TV producer Stephen Gee started hearing the name “John Parkinson” over and over on the conservancy tours he was taking of downtown Los Angeles, he decided to find out more.
Gee, who is British, had just started working in the neighborhood when he ducked into the public library to find a picture of Parkinson, the man behind the many downtown beautiful buildings that still stand today. His request for the John Parkinson section was met with a blank stare.
Gee decided to change that. He began researching the fellow Brit who left an indelible imprint on the city, from
Union Station to City Hall to Bullock’s Wilshire to the Coliseum, and dozens of others to his credit. His resulting
For our conversation, Gee lured me up to the top of City Hall just before sunset. (If you haven’t been yourself, you must!)
Below, a documentary about the architect: