One Wilshire | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Hunter Kerhart

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

Holiday Inn, Long Beach Airport
Photo by DJ Whelan on Flickr

Holiday Inn, Long Beach Airport

Completed in 1968 and not the only round Holiday Inn in Southern California but a fine example, since no other high-rises are in its immediate vicinity.
Photo by Regina O'Brien

Case Study House #10

Case Study House #10 exemplified the Case Study House program goals through the use of new building materials and techniques, affordability for the average American, simplicity of construction, economy of materials, and integration of indoor and outdoor living.