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Gas Company Tower
Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Gas Company Tower

This fifty-two-story building was designed by Richard Keating of the legendary firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). SOM is one of the world’s leading architectural firms and creator of such landmarks as Sears Tower in Chicago and the Lever House in New York.

The Gas Company Tower was the second building whose height is a result of Maguire Partners’ Central Library air rights exchange (the other is U.S. Bank Tower).

The building rises in a series of cliff-like setbacks and inverted corners, with an elliptical top of blue glass symbolizing the trademark blue gas flame of the building’s primary tenant and joint venture partner, Southern California Gas Company.

Inside is an unusual lobby, with a wall of windows looking out to an enormous mural by Frank Stella painted on the side of the adjacent building. The mural, titled “Dusk,” is the public art component of the building.

In the area between the mural and the lobby is a water installation comprising hundreds of small jets of water in straight lines, which continue under the glass wall and inside the lobby under transparent strips of flooring.

Wilshire Grand Hotel, 2005. Photo by Larry Underhill

Wilshire Grand Hotel (Demolished)

Opened as the Statler Center, the Wilshire Grand was the first major downtown hotel constructed since the Biltmore in 1923.
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

Warner Center

A 1.5 square-mil planned community first envisioned as a mass-transit oriented neighborhood with residences, shopping, park, hospital, Metro rail, and a small cluster of skyscrapers some call "the downtown of the valley."
Harbor Building
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Harbor Building

Combining Corporate International and Late Moderne styles, Claud Beelman's Harbor Building on Wilshire Boulevard is one of the era's most impressive corporate buildings.