What was once LA’s afternoon newspaper building, will soon become a college campus! Arizona State University is soon moving into the Herald Examiner building as the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Herberger Institue of Design and the Arts is expanding into Los Angeles! Take a look at the plans that will soon bring a new demographic into town.
Arizona State University announced this week that they will be moving into the century-old building which was once home to a newspaper publisher. In 1903, media mogul William Randolph Hearst founded the Los Angeles Examiner and after a long run in the city, they shut down in 1989 which has left the property without a tenant ever since.
“We are excited to be taking part in the resurgence of L.A.’s downtown. Not only does the building illuminate the city’s rich history dating back more than a century, we look forward to our presence there to play an important role in adding to downtown’s intellectual, cultural and economic vibrancy.”
-Michael M. Crow, President of Arizona State University
Moreover, ASU already has a presence in Southern California with their California Center in Santa Monica which offers journalism and film programs. Additionally, ASU has more than 12,000 students that are from California, including 6,000 through ASU Online, so their decision to open a campus in Southern California makes complete sense for those who are able to remain locally.
In summary, ASU is set to use four of the five-story building which is around 80,000 square feet of space in the building. The ground floor is set to include various restaurants and retail spaces with classrooms and office spaces on the upper floors. ASU is set to open their campus in 2020 as crews have already begun working on the interior renovations.