Structure Type: built works - infrastructure

Designers: Woodford and Bernard, Architects (firm); Bernard (building contractor); Antoon B. Heinsbergen (interior designer/muralist); Charles Day Woodford (architect)

Dates: constructed 1961

total floor area: 180,000 sq. ft.

420 South Grand Avenue
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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John Parkinson's successor firm, led by C. Day Woodford and Leonard Bernard, completed this design in 1961. This communications center housed $25 million worth of then-state-of-the-art electronic telephone switching equipment. The roof tower housed microwave equipment used to relay calls to other downtown reception points.

Visitors to the Los Angeles Conservancy's web site voted this building their fifth favorite industrial building built during the 1960s-1970s in the Los Angeles area. (SeeAccessed 12/06/2010.) Anthony Heinsbergen painted a huge mural on the Grand Avenue facade of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Communications Center.

PCAD id: 15863