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[…]

B&J Starts New Throw Back Thursday Series

In preparation of the celebration of our 75th anniversary, we are starting our series of Throw Back Thursday. Brandow and Johnston, Inc. began practicing in Los Angeles in September 1945 as a partnership between two USC alumni: George E. Brandow and Roy G. Johnston. With the support from many local top-notch architectural firms and many[…]

Wilshire Grand Wins Award of Merit from ENR California Best Projects for Specialty Construction

Brandow & Johnston is proud to be part of Wilshire Grand’s outstanding team of designers, engineers and contractors. B&J is the Structural Engineer of Record for this 73-story, 1100 foot tower that was completed in June 2017. It holds the record as the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. The Awards were presented on[…]

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