Entertainment & Arts

Forum in Inglewood honored by National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Forum
The exterior of the Forum in Inglewood.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

The multimillion-dollar renovation of the Forum in Inglewood will be recognized this week by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which will honor 17 individuals, buildings and initiatives from around the country at its annual ceremony on Thursday in Savannah, Ga.

The Forum -- an indoor arena that has hosted sports events and rock concerts for nearly five decades -- received an estimated $50-million makeover from its owner, the Madison Square Garden Co. It has since been rechristened as the Forum, Presented by Chase.

Among the trust’s honorees this year will be the Historic Old Administration Building in Fresno; the King Street Station in Seattle; the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse in Baton Rouge, La.; the recently renovated McGregor Pool in Detroit; the Micro Lofts at the Arcade in Providence, R.I.; the Village Revitalization Initiative in Vermont; and the Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies at the SCAD Museum of Art Savannah.

The Williamsburgh Savings Bank in Brooklyn, N.Y., will also be recognized with the Tony Goldman Preservation Award.

A spokesman for the trust said that recipients will get a crystal award but no monetary prize.

The Forum’s refurbishments included the restoration of its columns, a modernization of its interior and the painting of parts of its exterior a color described as “California sunset red.”

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