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Pershing Square Purple Campanile (2011)

Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta drew the inspiration for his 1992 redesign of Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles from the nineteenth-century Mexican plaza that first occupied the park. But his vision of a Mexican plaza is purple.

Churches with bell towers were often prominent features of Spanish and Mexican plazas. This 38-meter-high updated version of a campanile has no church associated with it, and has a red ball in place of the bell. The Art Deco building in the background is the Title Guarantee and Trust Building, dating from 1930.


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