“The Culver Studios is one of the great treasures of Culver City and today marks the beginning of a new chapter for this historic site,” Michael Hackman, Culver Studios CEO said. “We are protecting the history and vision of its founder, Thomas Ince, as we move into the next century and embrace the new technologies of the digital age.”
It was a celebratory moment, attended by city council members, construction supervisors, members of the Culver City Historical Society, and executives of both Culver Studios and Amazon Studios. Amazon, the new tenant that this Innovation Plan will benefit, is expected to take up residence at The Culver Studios later this year. The plan also looked to keep impact on the neighborhood to a minimum, with many homes only one narrow street away from the historic movie complex.
The four small office structures were recently relocated from a remote corner of the lot to their new, more prominent location just behind the historic mansion. New foundations for the bungalows were constructed and the interiors were carefully put back together as the work was conducted in accordance with U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Looking as if they had been there for years, the design and the color scheme seamlessly integrated the ‘new’ bungalows into the space.
“We celebrate The Culver Studios for taking the time and effort to preserve these structures and make them functional for decades to come,” said Mayor Jeff Cooper. “Amazon Studios is embracing the storied history of The Culver Studios. I am proud they’ve chosen to call Culver City its home.”
Additional text Brian Lewis