LAX Theme Building/ Pereira and Luckman and Associates, Welton Becket and Associates, and Paul R. Williams Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative
 

Los Angeles International Airport Theme Building, designed by Pereira and Luckman and Associates, Welton Becket and Associates, and Paul R. Williams, 1961, Los Angeles. Designed by a partnership of three of the city's major architectural firms as the centerpiece of Los Angeles International Airport, the space-age Theme Building symbolized the city's optimistic view of the future. Rust damage to its stucco-clad steel parabolic arches caused a one thousand pound chunk of stucco to fall from one of its upper arches in 2007, leading to a complete rehabilitation and seismic retrofitting. The structure is seen here in 2005, prior to that rehabilitation. Photo: 2005, Gail Ostergren, GCI.