12th and Olive
This building, completed in the early 1960s, has the distinction of being the first modern "skyscraper" in Los Angeles. A 150-foot height limit on buildings was enforced until the late 1950s, excepting the 454 foot City Hall which was completed in 1928. In spite of its distinction, the tower still fell two feet short of City Hall in height. Long called the TransAmerica Center, the building is now known as SBC Tower.
PHOTO: G. DeVerteuil.