After 44 Years, Warner Bros. Records Exits Historic 'Ski Lodge' HQ

Warner Bros. Records has left its former ‘ski lodge’ residence after 44 years.

Yesterday, Warner Bros. Records bid farewell to its former residence at 3300 Warner Blvd in Burbank, California. The location had served because the label’s HQ since 1975.

Dubbed the “ski lodge,” the previous 89,452-square foot constructing qualifies as a historic landmark candidate.

The transfer comes after mother or father firm Warner Music Group’s (WMG) its complete west coast operations to Downtown Los Angeles.  Warner/Chappell relocated first to the Arts District on February 25th.

Warner Bros. Records’ transfer comes three days forward of schedule.  WMG will end relocating the groups for Elektra, Atlantic, Rhino, WEA, and ADA on March 18th.  WMG additionally confirmed the transfer marks the primary time its complete west coast groups will work below a single roof.

Rockwell Group, an structure agency, designed the area.  Located at 777 S. Santa Fe Avenue, the historic constructing will function recording studios, artist lounges, and custom-designed workplaces.  Originally, the constructing was constructed as a manufacturing unit and showroom for Ford’s Model T in 1912.

WMG celebrated by throwing “every week’s value of festivities” which ended Wednesday evening.

Speaking about his time working on the ‘ski lodge,’ Lenny Waronker, President and Head of A&R at Warner Bros. Records, defined,

I don’t consider we signed one artist due to this constructing.  It was the folks inside this constructing.

As he cleared out his workplace, Rick Gershon, the label’s Vice President of Publicity, added,

From the primary time I purchased a Small Faces album at College Records in Northridge, I seen the palm timber on the label and realized there was a document firm within the Valley.

Longtime label government Bob Merlis, who left the corporate in 2001, mirrored on his time on the former constructing.

I truly by no means heard this constructing known as the ‘ski lodge’ till a lot later.

When somebody stated the architect was A. Quincy Jones, I requested, ‘The Quincy Jones?’ — No.  It was like an Abbott & Costello ‘Who’s on first?’ routine: ‘No, A. Quincy Jones.’

Concluding his expertise on the ‘ski lodge,’ he stated,

I lived at 3300 longer than anyplace else in my life.  When you’re with a corporation acknowledged because the hippest and most revered, you may really feel that esprit de corps.  There was an actual distinction again then between Warner Bros. Records and everyone else.


Featured picture courtesy of Warner Bros. Records.