Wayne McAllister, 92, one of the West's great unsung...

Deaths Elsewhere

April 03, 2000

Wayne McAllister, 92, one of the West's great unsung architects whose work included landmark casinos on the Las Vegas Strip and one of the first Bob's Big Boy restaurants, died March 22 after falling and striking his head, said Chris Nichols, an architectural preservationist.

Mr. McAllister's use of neon and streamlined curves graced many buildings and won him the praise of architectural historians. His design for the Bob's Big Boy in the Toluca Lake area of Los Angeles -- the oldest Bob's still in existence -- prompted the Los Angeles Conservancy's Modern Committee to lead a campaign in 1992 to have it declared a California State Point of Historical Interest.

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