MacArthur Park: LA’s Lance Bass Wedding Venue Gets a Reboot
One of California's snazziest wedding venues, the former Park Plaza in downtown Los Angeles has been beautifully updated
Top Photo: The 2014 Michael Turchin and Lance Bass wedding—with friends and actresses JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Jamie-Lynn Sigler officiating. Photo by Michael Segal Photography.
It began life as a magnificent Elks Lodge, and it’s since been a luxury hotel, an Olympic swimming site, a punk music venue, an after-hours club, a popular movie set, and even a YMCA—all in the span of about a century.
Few LA wedding spaces have such eclectic pedigrees as the MacArthur, a grand neo-Gothic building in which ‘NSYNC alum Lance Bass and actor Michael Turchin married before a crowd of celebs—including JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Christina Applegate, Darren Criss, Gabourey Sidibe, Jason Collins, and several former bandmates—in 2014, when it was still known as the Park Plaza.
Clockwise above: Lance Bass and Michael Turchin celebrate their wedding (photo by Michael Segal Photography). the MacArthur’s breezy courtyard, grand ballroom, and historic lobby (photos courtesy of the MacArthur)
The sparkling 12-story tower overlooks the northwest edge of picturesque MacArthur Park and is currently being restored to its original 1920s grandeur by the same development group that oversaw the transformation of the alluring Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
The MacArthur abounds with snazzy design elements.
The MacArthur abounds with snazzy design elements, including soaring angel sculptures flanking its exterior corners, and ornate ceiling murals, brass elk antlers, hand-stenciled beams, an art deco bar, and stone medallions in the myriad interior spaces.
It was late last year that the owners renamed the celebrated 200,000-square-foot structure, which has five event spaces and can accommodate wedding parties of between 60 to 700 guests. “At the time of rebrand, we renamed our event rooms and renovated the Lounge—our most intimate venue—by ripping out the carpeting, painting the walls, and restoring the hand-painted ceiling,” says Rebecca Udell, the MacArthur’s director of events. The lobby, Elks Hall, garden, and two spacious ballrooms—including one with an antique wood dance floor—will also soon be restored to their former glory.
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