Developer David Wilstein dies at 89

His firm built Century City Medical Center and Brentwood's Wells Fargo tower

David Wilstein and his wife, Susan (Credit:
David Wilstein and his wife, Susan (Credit:

Developer David Wilstein, founder and president one of Los Angeles’ oldest and largest commercial real estate development firms, died Sunday aged 89.

Wilstein was the founder of Realtech Construction Company, which he co-owned with his brother Leonard. The firm’s projects included the Century City Medical Center and Hospital and the 25-story Wells Fargo tower on Wilshire Boulevard in Brentwood.

Wilstein, who grew up in Pittsburgh, began his career as a civil engineer, designing California freeways.

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An eventual resident of Beverly Hills, he was a board trustee of the California State University system. He also served on the board of directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Brandeis-Bardin Institute and the American Friends of Hebrew University.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, and one daughter. He died of natural causes. [LABJ]Cathaleen Chen