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William L. Pereira (1909–1985)

William Pereira was a legendary architect who was highly inflential in the shaping of Orange County, California. Perhaps best known for designing the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, his greatest achievement lies in what was his pet project for the latter half of his life - the master planning of the Irvine Ranch in central Orange County. ... See full bio »


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 1942 Beyond the Blue Horizon (special photographic effects - as William Pereira)
 1942 This Gun for Hire (special photographic effects - as William Pereira)
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind (special photographic effects - as W.L.Pereira)
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 1941 New York Town (as William Pereira)
 1941 Aloma of the South Seas (as William Pereira)
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 1946 From This Day Forward (producer)
 1945 Johnny Angel (producer)
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 1943 Jane Eyre (as William Pereira, production designed by)
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 1988 Die Hard (architect: Fox Plaza - uncredited)
 1943 Jane Eyre (second unit director - uncredited)

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Buildings designed by Pereira include the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, Crocker Bank building and Pacific Financial Center in Los Angeles, Mutual Benefit Life tower in Cincinatti, Disneyland Hotel and Howard Johnson Inn in Anaheim, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CBS Television Studios in Los Angeles, and the UC ... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

William Pereira | W.L.Pereira

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His buildings often feature "fins" and structural support members as part of the building's exterior. Also uses fountains and large pools of water around many of his structures. See more »

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