Grand Hope Park | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Grand Hope Park

Designed by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, this 2.5 acre park incorporates the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising campus to create a unique landscape for downtown's South Park community. Commissioned by the Los Angeles Redevelopment Agency, Grand Hope Park was created to be the center of a new redevelopment project, which included retail and residential spaces.

Grand Hope Park was designed as a collection of “outdoor rooms” each being formed by the use of trees, fountains, sculptures, and walk ways. The park includes a large water feature, a children’s playground, and spaces for community gatherings. The park is also a site for local artwork. The clock tower at the entrance was designed by Halprin. The other works in the park were designed by various Californian artists including Lita Albuquerque, Raul Guerrero, Ralph McIntosh, Gwynn Murrill, and Adrian Saxe.

Grand Hope Park is the last downtown Los Angeles landscape designed by Halprin. The park is also the final landscape along the Los Angeles Open Space Network. Other sites in the network are Wells Fargo Center, Bunker Hill Steps, and the Central Library's Maguire Gardens. 

Hannah Carter Japanese Garden
Photo by Christine Caldwell

Hannah Carter Japanese Garden

Well known for designing the Imperial Japanese Gardens for the Japanese government, Sakurai created a landscape which has been called one of the largest and finest Japanese gardens in America.
Pershing Square
Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Pershing Square

Five acres whose ownership can be traced back to 1781 when Spain granted them to the City of Los Angeles, Pershing Square has undergone myriad design changes, the most recent in 1993.
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

Psychoanalytic Building

Designed by Charles Moore with partner William Turnbull, this two-story office building was completed in 1971 expressly for use by psychologists and psychiatrists.