2010 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2010 20:36:27 -0800 (PST)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Hughes Aircraft, Playa Vista, California
Howard Hughes' Airport To Be Revitalized

By Heather McMahon
Preservation Magazine Online
November 3, 2010

Howard Hughes' former aviation headquarters in Playa Vista, Calif., will be revitalized as an office "campus," thanks to an investment of more than $80 million.

Erected in 1941, the complex was part of Hughes' private airport, which housed the Hughes Aircraft Company, founded to further experiments in aviation technology. The 28-acre site includes a large, redwood hangar which once held Hughes' experiment in wooden aircraft, the Hercules (better known as the Spruce Goose). This seven-story hangar has been used over the years as a sound stage for film and television production for movies such as "The Aviator," "Titanic," and "Avatar."

The Ratkovich Company, a Los Angeles-based development firm known for its renovations of historic structures, recently purchased the property for $32.4 million. The property had been in ownership limbo for the last 20 years, and the 11 extant buildings stand in a state of deterioration. The structures are "remarkably beautiful, yet they had been left to rot," says Clare De Briere, Ratkovich's executive vice president and chief operating officer.


For the entire article, see

For my 2006 report on the Playa Vista site, see


Lenny Siegel
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