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 150-foot limit. Roy Johnston was instrumental in convincing the Mayor’s Committee that allowing buildings over 150 feet would not increase the risk from earthquakes.


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