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Westin Bonaventure architect John Portman, who aimed to soothe the anxiety of the postwar city, dies at 93

Westin Bonaventure architect John Portman, who aimed to soothe the anxiety of the postwar city, dies at 93

John C. Portman, the architect and developer who sought to remake the ailing American downtown during the 1960s and ’70s in his own larger-than-life image, designing glass-skinned office towers and hotels with soaring atriums like the one in the Westin Bonaventure hotel in Los Angeles, died Friday in Atlanta. He was 93.

His firm, John Portman & Associates, announced the death in a statement on its website. No cause was given.

Beginning with the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, completed in 1967, Portman brought a new level of drama to hotel architecture. In place of lobbies...

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