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USC Tower
AT&T Center Los Angeles.jpg
Alternative names AT&T Center
SBC Tower
Transamerica Tower
Occidental Life Building
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
SBC Tower
Transamerica Tower
Occidental Life Building
Architectural style International style Modernism
Location 1150 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°02′22″N 118°15′43″W / 34.0395°N 118.261853°W / 34.0395; -118.261853Coordinates: 34°02′22″N 118°15′43″W / 34.0395°N 118.261853°W / 34.0395; -118.261853
Construction started 1962
Completed 1965
Owner Canyon-Johnson Realty Advisors
Height
Roof 137.77 m (452.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 32
Floor area 54,035 m2 (581,630 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect William Pereira & Associates
Structural engineer Brandow & Johnston

USC Tower, formerly AT&T Center, SBC Tower, Transamerica Building, and Occidental Life Building, is a 32-story, 138 m (453 ft) skyscraper in the South Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. Built to house the offices and computer center of the Occidental Life Insurance Company, it was completed in 1965. It is the 32nd-tallest building in Los Angeles, and was the second-tallest (after the Los Angeles City Hall) when it was completed. The International styled building was designed by William Pereira & Associates.

History

The building is part of a 12-acre (4.9 ha) complex built as Occidental Center, and now known as South Park Center. In the 1960s there was a restaurant at the top of the building—The Tower—that served award-winning French cuisine. It originally included two other large buildings - a 225,000-square-foot (20,900 m2) building at 1149 Hill Street, a 300,000-square-foot (28,000 m2) building at 514 W 12th Street (which was later sold to the city as the Public Works Building). It also included three parking decks with 3,500 spots, and a 6-acre (2.4 ha) plot on the corner of Eleventh and Olive Streets. The three buildings are connected by underground pedestrian tunnels.

Canyon-Johnson Realty Advisors bought the entire complex in April 2003 for $88 million. After they bought it, they converted the least occupied building into below market-rate apartments. In September 2006 Transamerica signed $75 million lease to retain its offices in the building. In 2007 to 2008 it went under a $35 million renovation. Scaffolding was put around the building's crown, the metallic panels were replaced, and the office space was upgraded. It has since been rebranded as South Park Center along with the renaming of the 32-story tower as USC Tower in 2015.

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