Lorand West
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WEST, Lorand The nationally known architect behind some of Los Angeles's most iconic restaurants and landmarks, died naturally and peacefully on July 8th at his home in Burbank, California. He was 81. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in September 1926, Lorand served as First Lieutenant in the Air Force before attending architectural school at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1951. In 1953 Lorand resettled in Los Angeles to work for such prestigious architectural firms as Pierra and Luckman while developing a signature style integrating wood, stone, landscapes, bold shapes, and unencumbered lines, ultimately incorporating these into his own firm, Lorand West AIA, Inc. Though his work spanned projects large and small, he is best known for designing some of Los Angeles's most famous restaurants, including Morton's, The Ivy and Trumps. Perhaps his proudest creation is his own Hollywood Hills home, built with his first wife Pat. It upholds minimalist, open-ended, steel and glass styling with rooftop helipad and a homebuilt helicopter. Other noteworthy projects include Compton Physicians Hospital, Pico-Downey Convalescent Hospital and a series of commissions for the Douglas Aircraft, Northrop, Rockwell International and the U.S. Navy. After years of relentlessly hounding the building department for sensible earthquake related requirements, Sacramento recruited Lorand, their biggest challenger, as one of the conscientious California Building Code Commissioners. A lifelong advocate of building and land preservation, Lorand also served as President for the L.A. Chapter of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI). In January 2008, Lorand received 50-year Achievement Awards from Mayor Villaraigosa, the State Legislature, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for community betterment and for inspirational mentorship for young architects. Lorand is survived by his second wife, Mary Jeanne Bradbury, his children, Pamela West-Birnbaum, Darryl West and Kerry West, his granddaughter, Claire Birnbaum, his stepchildren, Mary Ann Foster, William Foster and Shirley George, and their children, Laura, Megan, Tim and Paige. Memorial services will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr., L.A., Calif. at 12 noon, on Tuesday, July 15th (Remembrances may be sent to this address).

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Published in Los Angeles Times on Jul. 13, 2008.
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August 11, 2008
My dad carried all your images into the universe~~~~
Kerry West
July 20, 2008
My deepest regrets at your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Mark Vigil
July 15, 2008
Kerry, My deepest sympathy and prayers go to you and your family for your loss.
Ann Palmer
July 14, 2008
I did not know Lorand West personally. I do however know his son, Kerry West, and am pleased to call him friend and colleague. I never knew where the creation of spaces through prose originated from with Kerry, now I realize it runs in the family.
Iris Aceves
July 14, 2008
Kerry,

My deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Yolanda Galvan
July 14, 2008
Darryl, what a huge loss for you and your family and the City of Los Angeles. While I was not the beneficiary of knowing your Dad personally, I am aware of how much he meant to you and, obviously, you to him. My deepest, most heart-felt condolences go to you and your family, with the hope that the passage of time and the support of your loved ones will mitigate your painful loss. Jim Pinkston
Jim Pinkston
July 14, 2008
My condolences to Darryl West and the rest of the family on Lorand's passing. He left a great legacy for Los Angeles.
Larry Kephart
July 13, 2008
Unfortunately, I did not have the pleasure to meet Mr. Lorand West. However, I am a friend of his son, Kerry, from CSU Los Angeles. Nevertheless, my thoughts and prayers are with the West Family during this difficult time. May all of you find comfort and strength in the cherished memories you've had with Lorand.
Sophia Sherman
July 13, 2008
Seems as if talent runs in the family - legacy fulfilled.
David Ingalsbe
July 13, 2008
Darryl I just read about your father I didn't know him but what I have heard about him he was a special person, I send you my prayers to be strong and look forward to lifes blessings.
Love
Bob E
Robert Ebron
July 13, 2008
THANK YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL STORY OF YOUR FATHER. WE WISH WE HAD KNOWN HIM AND HAD VISITED HIS STUDIO AND HOUSES.
MOST OF ALL SWEET PAMELA WE SEND YOU OUR LOVE AND CONDOLENCES. WE WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YOU.
EDIE SKIP + ANNIE BRONSON
July 13, 2008
TO THE BEST DAD EVER, I LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.
YOU WERE ALWAYS THERE WHEN I NEEDED YOU, AND I WILL FOREVER REMEMBER YOUR WAY OF HELPING ME WITHOUT PASSING JUDGMENT . YOU ARE THE BEST! WITH ALL MY LOVE, YOUR DAUGHTER
Pamela West
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