Gas Company Tower
The elegant 50-story headquarters of the Southern California Gas Company represents one of the most striking visual statements of the downtown Los Angeles skyline.
Location: Los Angeles
Year built: 1991
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Net rentable square feet: 1,335,957 (includes 28,761 rsf for 808 South Olive garage)
Patrick J. McRoskey
Jennifer L. Stone
Josh G. Wrobel
Gas Company Tower has been recognized as a modern landmark since its completion in 1991 as the second office tower in the Library Square Redevelopment. Designed by Richard Keating of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the building reflects the spirit of corporate modernism which serves as a trademark of the architectural firm.
Gas Company Tower serves as a bookend to Maguire Gardens with the distinctive U.S. Bank Tower, and as an anchor to the eastern edge of downtown, connecting the Central Business District to Pershing Square, the city’s most venerable downtown park.
Gas Company Tower is characterized by its architectural distinction and technical innovation. The street defining form rises up in layers to a boat-shaped, blue-glass volume meant to evoke the blue gas flame that is the official symbol of the building’s anchor tenant, Southern California Gas Company. The subdued symbolism of the blue flame is carried through in wall sconces and chandeliers.
Gas Company Tower houses abstract artist Frank Stella’s compelling mural, “Dusk”. One of the world’s largest murals, “Dusk” is painted on an adjacent building that runs the length of an entire city block. Gas Company Tower’s numerous awards include the 1992 Merit Award by the California Council of the American Institute of Architects, and the 1994 LA Area Chamber of Commerce “Beautification Award” for new commercial high-rise and public use/interior space.