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Credit where it's due: Why Gin Wong never quite became one of L.A. architecture's household names

Credit where it's due: Why Gin Wong never quite became one of L.A. architecture's household names

“I happen to believe in simplicity,” Los Angeles architect Gin Wong once told an interviewer.

In aesthetic terms it’s easy to see what he meant. As a lead designer for William Pereira’s firm and later as the head of his own office, Wong, who died Sept. 1 at 94, often pared down the buildings he worked on to a single memorable gesture.

There’s the swooping roofline of the Union 76 gas station in Beverly Hills, among postwar L.A.’s singular landmarks. The peaked silhouette of the Transamerica Pyramid in...

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