City National Plaza

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City National Plaza
Paul Hastings and City National Towers
Alternative names ARCO Center
ARCO Plaza
ARCO Plaza North Tower
ARCO Plaza South Tower
Atlantic Richfield Towers
Bank of America Tower
Los Angeles Twin Towers
General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 505-555 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°03′03″N 118°15′25″W / 34.0508°N 118.2569°W / 34.0508; -118.2569Coordinates: 34°03′03″N 118°15′25″W / 34.0508°N 118.2569°W / 34.0508; -118.2569
Construction started 1970
Completed 1972
Management CommonWealth Partners
Roof 213.1 m (699 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 52
Floor area 206,000 m2 (2,220,000 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 64
Design and construction
Architect Albert C. Martin & Associates

City National Plaza is a twin tower skyscraper complex on South Flower Street in western Downtown Los Angeles, California. It was originally named ARCO Plaza upon opening in 1972.


Richfield Tower[edit]

Further information: Richfield Tower

The present complex is on the site of the landmark Richfield Tower, that was designed in the Art Deco style by Morgan, Walls & Clements, and completed in 1929. It was the headquarters of the Atlantic Richfield Oil company. It was destroyed in 1969.

ARCO Plaza[edit]

The current skyscraper complex was built as the ARCO Plaza, with a pair of 213.1 m (699 ft) 52-story office towers. One became the new world headquarters for the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), the present day The Paul Hastings Tower.[9] An underground shopping complex was accessed by open escalators from the street level plaza.

Upon completion in 1972, the ARCO Plaza towers were the tallest buildings in the city for one year before being overtaken by Aon Center, and were the tallest twin towers in the world until the completion of the World Trade Center in New York City. The towers are the tallest twin buildings in the United States outside of New York City.

The towers are constructed of steel frames covered with polished panels of forest green granite and panes of bronze glass.

City National Plaza[edit]

The ARCO Plaza complex was renamed City National Plaza, and the two towers were renamed City National Tower and Paul Hastings Tower.


"Jewel Box"[edit]

Paul Hastings Tower[edit]

City National Bank Tower[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Featured throughout the 1971 movie The Omega Man, which was filmed during the Plaza's construction phase.
  • Plaza area and water sculpture featured in the 1976 film, Marathon Man.
  • The north "Paul Hastings" tower was depicted as being struck by an air-to-air Sidewinder missile (a shot which utilized a detailed miniature of both towers), in the 1983 film, Blue Thunder.


City National Plaza Twin Towers

See also[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • Cameron, Robert (1990). Above Los Angeles. San Francisco: Cameron & Company. ISBN 0-918684-48-X. 

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