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plinko Apr 26, 2008 12:58 AM

LOS ANGELES | Trump Wilshire - Ambassador | HEIGHT | 125 FLOORS | 1990 | NEVER BUILT
 
I remember as a kid being very excited at the prospect of the world's tallest building in LA. And of course it would not have been downtown, but in the Mid-Wilshire area. It would have been built on the site of the Ambassador Hotel, most notable for being the site of the RFK assassination. It would have been 1 block from the Wilshire/Normandie Metro station. I wonder if any of the other LA forumers have more info on this?

Source: Antelope Valley Press, April 15, 1990
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ng/W-AMB05.jpg

The article mentions the LAUSD wanting to take over the site, which they eventually did. The hotel was demolished in 2006, but I am unsure whether or not the new high school has opened on the site as of yet.

Richard Keating of SOM designed the winning scheme for Trump, a 125 story monster of a tower (there would have been a hotel component as well).

Source of images below: Master Architect Series II: Richard Keating
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ng/W-AMB01.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ng/W-AMB02.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ng/W-AMB03.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ng/W-AMB04.jpg

Aleks Apr 26, 2008 4:20 AM

Looks like a giant column. I was expecting this blocky, setback full of, dark blue tower. Not bad for that time but I wonder if it could've been built back then?

Dac150 Apr 26, 2008 2:13 PM

I don't like the location.

Busy Bee Apr 26, 2008 6:09 PM

Looks like Taipei 101.

JDRCRASH Apr 27, 2008 12:12 AM

Please, Please don't give up Donald!!:fingerscrossed:

Quixote Apr 27, 2008 12:14 AM

So glad this one didn't get built. It would've been so out of place.

latennisguy Apr 27, 2008 8:48 PM

If only it was built. More than likely, it would have spurred more development in mid-wilshire. And, I actually like the way the tower looks.

BrandonJXN Apr 28, 2008 12:48 AM

Thank God this wasn't built. It belongs in New York.

Tanster Apr 28, 2008 6:06 AM

^^Thats a good way of thinking (sarcasm)

Patrick Apr 28, 2008 6:21 AM

I've always wondered how it looked like, Well I'm mixed with this tower, I really like the design, but LA? I dont know, it would have been cool, but tottaly out of place.

plinko Apr 28, 2008 4:31 PM

^I think it would have been absolutely fitting for LA. The city of nodes builds the world's tallest building at yet another one. At least it was proposed next to a subway station and not say...at the 405 and Santa Monica?

I think it would have been a great project (though I do wonder about FAA clearances given the approach to the northern runways at LAX).

10101000 May 13, 2008 3:00 PM

Ugly

ethereal_reality May 13, 2008 3:39 PM

Surprised me, I've never heard of this proposal.

It would be cool if someone with photoshop (or whatever)
placed it in it's local in a overview of L.A.

Wouldn't it be about halfway between downtown and Century City
...a bit closer to downtown no doubt....but still west of Bullock's Wilshire?

BrandonJXN Jun 25, 2008 1:59 AM

^ It would be about a block or 2 from the Wilshire/Normandie subway station. Itself about 3 or 4 miles from downtown LA.

Anyway, while looking for more info for this tower, I found some pics of a failed plan to redevelop the Ambassador Hotel from 1957.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/126/3...047a887b3c.jpg
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/156/3...6f828ccabc.jpg

It would've been called Ambassador International.

Nowhereman1280 Jun 25, 2008 2:04 AM

^^^ Yummy


The subject of this thread however is gross. I'm glad it didn't get built...

canucklehead2 Jun 25, 2008 3:18 PM

So what if anything is on the site now? I remember some people wanting to save the hotel, while the city wanted to build a new high school on there...

JDRCRASH Jun 25, 2008 10:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nowhereman1280 (Post 3633757)
^^^ Yummy


The subject of this thread however is gross. I'm glad it didn't get built...

WHAT?! It looks great!

Patrick Jun 25, 2008 11:17 PM

I actually might have liked this if this was built in the LA Live Spot, just imagine!

BrandonJXN Jun 25, 2008 11:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by canucklehead2 (Post 3634707)
So what if anything is on the site now? I remember some people wanting to save the hotel, while the city wanted to build a new high school on there...

A vast majority of the hotel has been destroyed and the LAUSD school complex is under construction.

DowntownCharlieBrown Jun 26, 2008 8:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 3549292)
.

It would be cool if someone with photoshop (or whatever)
placed it in it's local in a overview of L.A.

Wouldn't it be about halfway between downtown and Century City
...a bit closer to downtown no doubt....but still west of Bullock's Wilshire?

My estimates for placement and height put it here:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3277/...bca9a2f0_o.jpg


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