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“It had nothing to do with a stack of records. If it were IHOP, everyone would think that it looks like a stack of pancakes.”

from Billboard

Capitol Records Architect Louis Naidorf Sets the Record Straight on Myth of Tower’s Iconic Design

by Pamela Chelin

Capitol Records building in Hollywood, Calif.
Capitol Records building in Hollywood, Calif.
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“It had nothing to do with a stack of records. If it were IHOP, everyone would think that it looks like a stack of pancakes.”

The 63-year-old Capitol Records Building may look like a stack of records with a rooftop spire resembling a phonograph needle, but according to its designer, 91-year-old architect Louis Naidorf, that’s just a coincidence.

“I designed the bloody thing,” laughs Naidorf, speaking over the phone from his home in Santa Rosa, California. “Unequivocally, it had nothing to do with a stack of records. If it were IHOP, everyone would think that it looks like a stack of pancakes or plates. If it were Firestone, everyone would think that it looks like a stack of inner tubes. There are lots of things that look like that.”

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Posted on March 11, 2020 by Editor

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