UPDATE: We have learned that someone did steal the plaque, but a Bunker Hill resident was able to retrieve it. That person plans to turn it over to the BID, which awaits city approval to reinstall it. Stay tuned for more details as we have them, and Long Live Cal Hamilton! – UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: As of February 2, the plaque is back! Thanks, Lisa Napoli, for the photo.
ORIGINAL POST: Writer Lisa Napoli alerts us to troubling news from the futuristic 1970s Bunker Hill Pedway system: the metal plaque placed to honor the city’s visionary Director of Planning, Calvin S. Hamilton (1964-1985), is gone!
Lisa noticed last week that Hamilton’s plaque in the center of the Pedway near Bunker Hill Towers was loose, and alerted the local Business Improvement District, but didn’t hear from them that they had come and taken it for safe-keeping.
Today, she saw that it was gone. We are very worried that metal thieves came back and finished the job, and intend to sell the plaque for scrap value.
When Calvin Hamilton came to Los Angeles from Indianapolis, he brought with him the concept of historic preservation as public policy. We owe our city’s strong and early preservation ordinance to Hamilton, and many of our oldest city landmarks are still standing due to his work. The Pedway system was named in his honor. It would be a tragedy if his monument were lost.
Be on the look out, preservation people, especially Downtown. If you see a big, flat metal disc with Calvin Hamilton’s face on it anywhere in your travels, grab it tight and let us know!
Thank you for recovering and reinstalling this monument plaque. Calvin Hamilton’s impact to the City of Los Angeles long range plans will be felt for a long time.
Calvin and myself were the closest friends, officers of one of the same organization, daily tennis sport, weekly mounters climber. As a highly graduated from a university I was to analyse multiple private or governments organizations in America or multiple foreign nations. Away from my family, Calvin was to oversee my wife and four children. Thank you for his help. An unpleasant medical sickness took his life very early. May God bless him.
Thank you for sharing your memories of your dear friend, Dr. Chapelle. We are great admirers of the work that he did for the city.