LA Times staff says goodbye to historic headquarters

July 20, 2018
Category: Business & Work

Friday marked the Los Angeles Times’ last day in the historic downtown headquarters that had been its home since 1935.

Owner Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong announced in April that the newsroom would move to El Segundo, southwest of Los Angeles, citing a rent increase from the owners. He wants to create a modern space that “respects the work and the lifestyle of the people who work in the newsroom,” he told staff in April.

Soon-Shiong bought the Times from Tronc in a $500 million deal deal finalized June 18.

“Times Mirror Square was home, no matter the unsentimental truths that had driven the business out of downtown,” reporter Thomas Curwen wrote in a piece about the building’s history.

As they packed up desks and prepared to move, staff shared their memories and said farewell on Twitter to the building.

Back in April, data desk editor Ben Welsh took followers on a guided tour of the Times' headquarters.