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The Rise and Fall of One of America's Most Innovative Hotel Chains

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Last week, architects unveiled renderings of the Wilshire Grand Tower in Los Angeles, a 71-story edifice that will, once completed, be the tallest on the west coast.

Before building begins, planners will need to remove the remains of the Los Angeles Statler, a hotel that has changed names and owners multiple times since its 1952 debut. Most recently, it was known as the Wilshire Grand. Hardly an architectural icon in a city known for its lively mid-century building stock, the Statler's demolition has come with limited nostalgia.