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Who Will Be LA's Next Architectural Patron?

08/22/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The influence that Eli Broad has had on the built landscape of Los Angeles over the last two decades has been wide-ranging, as I pointed out in a piece on Sunday exploring his legacy as an architectural patron.

Yet Broad, 77, has hinted that the museum he hopes to build on Bunker Hill may be among his final major civic projects.

If Broad does begin to move away from the public stage, who might step in to take his place, or to fashion a new kind of architectural patronage in Los Angeles? After canvassing architects, politicians, foundation leaders and others, I've come up with a number of contenders.

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