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Once a catalyst for some of the city’s most influential friendships and business ventures, the historic fourth floor Blue Room has reopened its doors, reinvented and remodelled in partnership with British designer Timothy Oulton.

Cozy and relaxing, with an edge of drama and intrigue, the Blue Room retains a strong sense of its erstwhile allure in a fresh, modern setting. Huge comfortable leather wing chairs sit with repurposed Drum side tables, while vibrantly-coloured Chesterfields invite conversation under the glow of a chandelier crafted from real laboratory test tubes. Every nook reveals vintage curiosities, from sporting trophies to Timothy Oulton’s striking Match Point artwork, created from old wooden tennis rackets.

According to LAAC general manager Steve Hathaway: “The collaboration is a blend of two iconic brands that represent heritage, quality, and the celebration of a holistic lifestyle, which balances pleasure and productivity.”

The story of Timothy Oulton began in 1976 with a small antique shop owned by Tim’s dad. Profoundly influenced by his love of antiques, his father’s military background, and an inherent affection for British heritage, Tim created an authentic, visionary brand with a deep commitment, integrity and a passion to deliver the extraordinary. Today, Timothy Oulton is a world-wide luxury brand with a global presence.

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LOS ANGELES ATHLETIC CLUB PARTNERS WITH NOTED DESIGNER TIMOTHY OULTON TO RECREATE HISTORIC FOURTH FLOOR BLUE ROOM

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Newest phase of LAAC’s multi-million dollar interior renovation reveals mysteries from its storied past: bootleggers, secret staircase, and re-launch of its legendary “club within a club” The Uplifters

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES–Adding glamour and a note of intrigue to the largest renovation in its recent history, Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) has partnered with internationally-renowned designer Timothy Oulton to recreate the historic Blue Room on the building’s fourth floor.
According to LAAC general manager Steve Hathaway, the collaboration is a blend of two iconic brands that represent heritage, quality, and the celebration of a holistic lifestyle, which balances pleasure and productivity. The Blue Room is designed to attract entrepreneurial downtown Los Angeles residents and their guests.
When LAAC opened in its current location at 7th and Olive Streets in 1912, one of the jewels in the crown was the exclusive fourth floor Blue Room. A center of community for Los Angeles’ best and brightest, the Blue Room was a catylst for the friendships, alliances and business ventures that helped shape the city’s history.
The Blue Room also played host to the inaugural meeting of the LAAC Uplifters Club. Sometimes waggishly referred to as the “Cuplifters,” The Uplifters was an influential men’s social club founded by Harry Marston Haldeman in 1913. Its membership included Will Rogers, Walt Disney, Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, Busby Berkeley, Harold Lloyd, Darryl F. Zanuck, and L. Frank Baum, who created the group’s name, wrote its anthem, “Haldeman,” and scripted most of their amateur theatricals. Eventually the group moved out of the LAAC to avoid the scrutiny of prohibition, ultimately purchasing a ranch in Rustic Canyon in 1920. The Blue Room plans to re-launch the LAAC Uplifters Club in June 2015.
In the course of the renovation, the fourth floor also yielded a long-forgotten secret: a concealed staircase ascending from the third floor Invention Bar. This clandestine passage, last used in the 1920s during the days of prohibition, will be re-opened and accessed via a hidden entrance behind an otherwise ordinary bookcase.
The Blue Room design will incorporate furniture from Timothy Oulton’s handcrafted collections including the brand’s Cigar and Sports Club themes. Crystal chandeliers, vintage sporting equipment, historic LAAC athletic photos, and antique lockers will complete the authentic look.  Adding to the handcrafted experience, the room’s centerpiece will be a sleek cocktail bar where Club members Aidan Demarest and Marcos Tello of Liquid Assets will showcase their signature cocktails customized for the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
LAAC has also forged a partnership with The Macallan, a renowned Highland single malt Scotch whiskey from Scotland’s Speyside region. The Macallan will be available in a dedicated brand display and featured on the “by the bottle” list for liquor lockers. “The Macallan is delighted to be associated with one of the oldest and most historic clubs in Los Angeles,” notes Kieron Elliott, The Macallan Brand Ambassador. “The launch of The Blue Room presents the perfect opportunity to pair the prestige of the Los Angeles Athletic Club with the quality of our Single Malt Scotch Whisky.”

The Blue Room will offer a programming series including:

  • Monday-Thursday: private access to the Blue Room for LAAC Medalist Members
  • Friday-Sunday: the Blue Room may be booked for social and corporate events
  • Guest bartender series, tastings, and craft cocktail classes
  • Space for monthly tech industry networking groups

The fourth floor project arrives in the wake of the highly-touted renovation of the fifth and sixth floor athletic facilities. Designed by Los Angeles-basec SRK Architects, the fifth and sixth floor includes men’s NBA-style pro lockers, women’s locker rooms, luxury spa, basketball and volleyball courts, retail corridor, and food and beverage services. An expansive grand stair will connect the fifth floor reception to the sixth floor spa lobby, which accesses a barber shop, nail salon and the Club’s iconic swimming pool. Extensive lounge and wet facilities will complement the locker areas including showers, hydrotherapy, steam, and sauna.
A Discovery Center is open during business hours on LAAC’s first floor to showcase the new fourth, fifth and sixth floor designs and provide more detailed information about each phase of the project.

About Timothy Oulton
The story of Timothy Oulton started back in 1976 with a small antiques shop owned by Tim’s dad. Profoundly influenced by his love of antiques, his father’s military background, and an inherent affection for British heritage, Tim created an authentic, visionary brand with the deepest integrity and a passion to deliver the extraordinary. The Timothy Oulton brand is known for its modern reinterpretation of traditional designs and respect for classic heritage, balanced with an inspired streak of innovation to create fresh and exciting spaces relevant for today’s lifestyle. Only the finest materials are used, from South American leather to wood reclaimed from centuries-old distilleries, handcrafted using time-honored techniques and fabrications. Today, the Timothy Oulton brand is found all over the world, with stores continuing to open in most global cities.

About The Macallan
Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then it has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading single malt whiskies. From its founding, through the subsequent owners of The Macallan distillery in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and into the present century, The Macallan has been recognized for its outstanding quality. Today, The Macallan is part of the Edrington Group portfolio of fine spirits, including The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark and Highland Park. Edrington is headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, with offices around the world.

 

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2015 John R. Wooden Award Presented live on ESPN

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This year, for the first time since its inception, the presentation of the John R. Wooden took place away from the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The Award was presented as part of the inaugural ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s, which took place at Club Nokia at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles and was televised on ESPN2. Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin and Breanna Stewart of Connecticut won the men’s and women’s John R. Wooden Award, respectively. The Wooden Award All American teams were also honored during the show along with San Diego State head men’s basketball coach Steve Fisher, who was presented the Legends of Coaching award. In addition, the Basketball Hall of Fame presented the inaugural positional awards, recognizing the top player of each position in college basketball.

The Wooden Award All Americans that were invited to Los Angeles were: Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky), Jerian Grant (Notre Dame), Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin), Jahlil Okafor (Duke), D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State), Nina Davis (Baylor), Jewell Lloyd (Notre Dame), Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Connecticut) and Breanna Stewart (Connecticut).

During John R. Wooden Award Weekend, the men’s and women’s Wooden Award All American teams arrived in Los Angeles after the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament. On Thursday, the players and guests were welcomed to the Los Angeles Athletic Club with a rooftop reception prior to the annual Duke’s Dinner to kick off the weekend. On Friday, before the show, the Wooden Award All Americans went on the Players’ Experience, highlighted by a visit to Staples Center and the ESPN Sports Nation set and lunch at The Standard. On Saturday, the players served as coaches for the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.

Founded at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in 1976 by former athletic director, Duke Llewellyn, the John R. Wooden Award is presented annually to the most outstanding player in men’s and women’s college basketball. The Women’s Award was established in 2004. Past winners include: Larry Bird (1979), Michael Jordan (1984), Tim Duncan (1997), Kevin Durant (2007), and Candace Parker (2007 & 2008). The winners are selected based on the criteria established by the Award’s founders, including the values of Coach Wooden and a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher throughout the candidate’s college career. Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All-American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name.

 

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Gentleman’s Supper

On a balmy evening in Los Angeles, eleven stylish gentlemen from the worlds of entertainment, art, sports, fashion and food came together in their finery dinner, stimulating conversation… and an impromptu game of hoops.

Dubbed the inaugural “Gentlemen’s Supper” by its hosts — shoe designer Brandon Day, film & television producer Jonas Bell Pasht and noted LA-based pop-up chef Octavio Olivas — the evening was sponsored by Generic Surplus. The festivities took place in the Trophy Room at the historic Los Angeles Athletic Club in DTLA.

The guest list included NBA star Baron Davis, menswear designer Mark McNairy, celebrated couturier Cameron Silver and TV boss Matt Hanna. Suits and neckwear were mandatory and the guests turned up in high style.

Following dinner, the eleven guests broke onto the storied LAAC basketball court, where a rowdy but debonnair game of basketball ensued until Club security cut short the fun at midnight.

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DOWNTOWN’S HISTORIC LOS ANGELES ATHLETIC CLUB BEGINS ITS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR INTERIOR RENOVATION

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New amenities include pro-style lockers, a new spa facility, classic barbershop and salon, high-end athletic retail and even a speakeasy

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, October 17, 2014–Amidst a flurry of anticipation, the Los Angeles Athletic Club is beginning construction on a portion of its 125,000 sq/ft space.  The12-story building encompasses athletic, social, and meeting spaces, along with three floors of designer hotel rooms.  Its multi-million dollar interior renovation will focus on its fifth and sixth floors.  The Club will remain open during the multiple phases of construction, which include: men’s and women’s locker rooms, spa facilities, retail corridor, along with food and beverage services.
Designed by Los Angeles-based SRK Architects, the project represents the largest renovation in the Club’s recent history. According to general contractor Phoenix Construction & Management, construction will be done in three six-month phases so that members will have continuous access to locker rooms. Completion is scheduled for January 2016.
“We are delighted to announce the start of our major renovation on our 5th and 6th floors,” said Los Angeles Athletic Club’s General Manager Steve Hathaway.  “Our goal is to create an unparalleled member experience by providing enhanced amenities in our locker rooms and spa areas while honoring the Club’s history by converting portions of the 6th floor to its original design.  The Los Angeles Athletic Club has always been at the forefront of creating a unique experience where members can flex their athletic and social skills.”
Built in 1912, Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) represents an excellent example of Beaux Arts architecture, explains SRK managing partner Brian Kite. “To honor the Club’s history, while bringing it into the 21st century, the interior design is transitional, with a nod to classical, Romanesque and art deco motifs, set in a contemporary, playful expression,” the architect says.
With the remodel, the men’s and women’s locker facilities will be side by side and served through a common retail reception lobby on the fifth floor. Extensive lounge and wet facilities complement the locker areas, including hydrotherapy, steam and sauna. An expansive grand staircase will connect the fifth floor reception to the sixth floor spa lobby, which accesses a barbershop with a secret door that leads to a speakeasy, natural salt cave, nail salon and the Club’s iconic swimming pool (first above ground pool west of the Mississippi).
The sixth floor is designed to encompass all spa and treatment facilities and will bring back the historic poolside lounge re-imagined as the “Plunge Café”.
LAAC is in talks to partner with local companies for boutique pop-up retail spaces, which will be set up on a rotating basis focused on local designer goods. Merchandise will include sports gear, clothing and urban accessories.
A Discovery Center is now open during business hours, on the LAAC’s first floor, to showcase the new design and provide more detailed information about each phase of the project.

About SRK Architects

SRK principals bring more than 50 years of combined experience in architecture, interior design, planning and brand development, in market sectors that include Workplace & Commercial, Science & Technology, Hospitality & Wellness, and Sports & Entertainment.
http://srkarchitectsinc.com/

Phoenix Construction & Management
Established in 2002, Phoenix Construction & Management provides general contracting and construction management services for a diverse mix of landlords and tenants. The company’s primary focus is on tenant improvements and building renovations within the commercial, financial and entertainment markets,  and includes expertise in historical renovation and redevelopment. PCM is a certified Women Minority Business Enterprise (WMBE) located in downtown Los Angeles, California and operates nationwide.
http://www.phoenixcm.net/

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