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Identification

100 Wilshire
GTE Building, Lawrence Welk Plaza
125202

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
concrete
modernism

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • Built by band leader Lawrence Welk, 100 Wilshire was originally called Lawrence Welk Plaza.
  • The principal designer of 100 Wilshire, while working with the firm Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall (subsequently Nadel Architects), was none other than Cesar Pelli, once head of the Yale School of Architecture and designer of the Petronas towers.
  • Visible from Malibu to Palos Verdes on a clear day.
  • The city's premier high-rise has no on-site parking.
  • Nicknamed "Blue Whale" and "the refrigerator.".
  • This building was actually constructed as part of a larger complex with the adjacent sixteen-story building at 1221 Ocean Avenue.
  • The three-level subterranean parking garage underneath 1221 Ocean Avenue was actually intended to be shared with this building.

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Location

100 Wilshire Boulevard
1201 Ocean Boulevard
100 Wilshire
90401
Santa Monica
California
U.S.A.

Technical Data

300.00 ft
300.00 ft
21
1969
1971

Involved Companies

DMJM

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