The MacArthur is Westlake’s most recognizable and historic property.
The building was the combined dream of financier Bernhard Beinecke, hotelier Fred Sterry, and Harry S. Black, President of the Fuller Construction Company. Construction of the 19-story building took two years and cost $12 million – an unprecedented sum.
Originally built for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the owners sought to create a memorial for members who lost their lives during World War I. The MacArthur was designed by renowned Art Deco architect Claud Beelman during his time as Senior Partner at the prestigious firm Curlett + Beelman. The elaborate interior murals and decorative paintings were designed by Anthony Heinsbergen and Co. The central design of the lobby ceiling is based on the Villa Madama, a Renaissance era project by Raphael and Giulio Romano.
After the Elks sold the building, it was transformed into the luxurious Park Plaza Hotel situated beside MacArthur Park. Recently rebranded as The MacArthur, the property is no longer an operational hotel, but is exclusively available for events and filming.
The Historic Lobby
The Historic Lobby is one of the most grandiose spaces in Los Angeles. With cathedral-like ceilings, large ornate windows, elaborate murals and an extravagant antique chandelier, the Historic Lobby was meant to evoke the Renaissance-era Villa Madama of Italy.
The Terrace Ballroom
The Terrace Ballroom is the The Park Plaza’s largest event space. Paying direct homage to the Art Deco motif, the Terrace Ballroom features elaborate sunburst sconces, a magnificent chandelier and exceptionally tall hand-decorated ceilings. The multi-level space is meant to accommodate any kind of extravagant event. The Terrace Ballroom can accommodate 460 guests seated, 400 guests with a dance floor and 700 guests for a cocktail reception.
The Grand Ballroom
The Grand Ballroom is located above the historic lobby’s grand stairway. Each side of the Grand Ballroom features an impressive row of columns and arches. The original, wooden-beamed ceiling has been restored with hand-painted floral designs, patterned after a palace ceiling in Florence, Italy. Further aesthetic details include a beautiful iron-wrought chandelier and ornamental stone medallions. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate 270 guests seated, 210 guests with a dance floor and 350 guests for a cocktail reception.
The Bronze Ballroom
The Bronze Ballroom features deep burgundy wall-to-wall carpeting, a stunning original Art Deco bar, hand-stenciled ceiling beams and Corinthian columns gilded in copper leaf. The room’s south-side glass doors open up to the Tuscan Patio. The Bronze Ballroom can accommodate 200 guests seated, 150 guests with a dance floor and 250 guests for a cocktail reception.