Barbera/Leib Letters To Save HB Buildings
The Hanna-Barbera building is a landmark by any measure. Architecturally, the mid-century modern design by Architect Arthur Froehlich is unique in the way its custom designed perforated concrete screen panels surround a classic international style structure. The building is protected from street noise while allowing unique abstract oval shape light patterns to enter the interior and reflect in the corridor created by the glass wall behind the facade screen.
Arthur Froehlich and Associates was responsible for a wide variety of important modern buildings both in Los Angeles and across America. Froehlichs LA area designs included the West Hollywood home of the Directors Guild of America, and the Los Alamitos and Hollywood Park racetracks. The firm was especially famous for its landmark modern racetrack designs. These incorporated dramatic cantilevered stands and boldly designed public areas. Froehlichs East coast race track designs , include New Yorks famous Aquaduct and Belmont , the home of the Belmont stakes , the third leg of horseracings legendary triple crown. In Caracas, Froehlichs Hippodromo Nacional is the official National racetrack of Venezuela.
The Hanna-Barbera Building s cultural significance also qualifies it as landmark. As the first building ever constructed to house a television animation studio, it marked a significant change in the history of animation in America. All animation studio functions were housed in the modern HB Building on Cahuenga. Such all-time favorites as THE FLINTSONES, YOGI BEAR and THE JETSONS, were produced entirely within the building, which became a model for the industry and changed the way cartoons were made.
In the 1930s Walt Disneys Hyperion studios revolutionized animation, producing the first feature length cartoon, Snow White. Disneys studio was a state of the art facility that produced classic cartoons beloved around the world starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and their friends. The Hanna-Barbera building, like Disneys Hyperion Studio some 30 years earlier, changed the rules for animation, producing televisions first primetime cartoons. Disney studios were demolished to make way for a supermarket. The Hanna-Barbera Building deserves a better fate.
Los Angeles Conservancy