One Wilshire | Los Angeles Conservancy
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One Wilshire

Wilshire Boulevard reached downtown's Grand Avenue in the mid-1920s. For most of the following forty years, the block facing the boulevard's eastern terminus remained a parking lot.

One Wilshire opened in 1964 as a thirty-story prestige office tower, at the time the highest building in its part of downtown.

Fifty years later, the building was transformed into the district's preeminent telecommunications "hotel," with space leased to a rich array of computer network and Internet services.

The building has become one of the world's top telecommunications centers and is widely regarded in the industry as the single most important telecommunications hub in the Western U.S. In 2013, it was sold to GI partners for $437.5 million.

Watch a video from L.A. Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne on One Wilshire

Long Beach Courthouse. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Long Beach Courthouse (Demolished)

Designed by local master architect Kenneth S. Wing, the Long Beach Courthouse was a significant example of mid-century modern architecture in Long Beach.
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources

Balboa Highlands

A rare regional example of a development by one of the state's leading proponents of modern living, the modest yet striking homes of the tract embody Eichler's vision of modern architecture for everyone.