Throwback Thursday: Occidental Center Tower

Occidental Center Tower: Constructed in 1966, the Occidental Center Tower has dominated the skyline of Los Angeles for many years.  It was originally occupied by Occidental Insurance Company and later renamed as Transamerica Tower, SBC Tower and AT&T Center.  It is currently occupied by USC.  At the time the building was constructed, it was one[…]

Throwback Thursday: UCSD Geisel Library

Recently published by National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the “Six mid-century modern campus buildings you need to see”.  A landmark along the freeway to San Diego, up on the top of the hill in La Jolla, is the Geisel Library at UCSD.  It has impressed the student body and faculty since its[…]

Throwback Thursday: 550 South Hope

The 550 South Hope Tower was the last high-rise office building constructed in Downtown Los Angeles in 1993 before the recently completed 73 story Wilshire Grand Tower. This 28-story office tower with six levels of parking is immediately adjacent to the Los Angeles Central Library and across from the California Club. The architectural design relates[…]

Throw Back Thursday: California Bank Building

In light of the recent completion of the Wilshire Grand/Intercontinental Hotel Tower, which is currently the tallest building in Los Angeles, B&J reflects on the 18-story California Bank Building at 6th and Spring. Designed in 1960, this was the first high-rise building constructed after the ordinance was changed to allow buildings taller than the original[…]

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