5900 Wilshire

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5900 Wilshire
(July 2008)
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Architectural style Modernism
Location 5900 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Coordinates 34°03′49″N 118°21′32″W / 34.063699°N 118.358781°W / 34.063699; -118.358781Coordinates: 34°03′49″N 118°21′32″W / 34.063699°N 118.358781°W / 34.063699; -118.358781
Construction started 1968
Completed 1971
Owner The Ratkovich Company
Roof 135.18 m (443.5 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 32
Floor area 491,000 sq ft (45,600 m2)
Design and construction
Architect William L. Pereira & Associates
Welton Becket and Associates

5900 Wilshire is a 132-metre (433 ft), 32-story skyscraper completed in 1971 in Los Angeles, California, United States. It is the tallest building in the Miracle Mile district, the second-tallest in the Wilshire Area, and the 38th-tallest in Los Angeles. The international-style building was designed by architect Gin Wong of William L. Pereira & Associates. The building, which includes tenants occupying entire floors all the way down to executive suites, is across Wilshire Boulevard from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Ratkovich Company spent $34 million on a renovation which began in 2005 and was still in process in the second quarter of 2008. The renovation included a new lobby. The placement of a bus zone across the street at LACMA and the subsequent removal of the crosswalk that would have fed traffic to a proposed cafe caused a rethinking of those plans. It was built for the Mutual Benefit Life by the Shorenstein Co. of San Francisco. The 491,000-square-foot (45,600 m2) building was acquired by The Ratkovich Company in December 2005.

In December 2008, the building became the official west coast headquarters for the entertainment newspaper Variety. The newspaper's name adorned the top of the building's north face in red letters until late 2013.

In 2014, the building became the official west coast headquarters for SBE Entertainment Group. The company's logo is the current signage of the building.

Berlin wall segments

In the building's front lawn is a memorial to the Berlin Wall, containing ten original segments. Together, they form the longest stretch of the Berlin Wall in the United States. The segments were installed in 2009 by the Wende Museum. The installation included temporarily walling Wilshire Boulevard in commemoration of the wall's removal.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "5900 Wilshire". CTBUH Skyscraper Database.
  2. ^ 5900 Wilshire at Emporis
  3. ^ "5900 Wilshire". SkyscraperPage.
  4. ^ 5900 Wilshire at Structurae
  5. ^ Haithman, Diane (12 August 2009). "Berlin Wall - Berlin Wall's fall will be memorialized across Wilshire". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 February 2011.

External links

  • 5900 Wilshire website
  • Ratkovich 5900 Wilshire website
  • Cityfeet
  • SuiteSearch[permanent dead link]
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