Hotels: With a View of the Dollar

Giant scrapers last week clawed at a Los Angeles hilltop where a 500-room Sheraton hotel will soon rise. Half a world away, turbaned Moslems naked to the waist poured concrete foundations for Intercontinental Hotels in Lahore and Rawalpindi, Pakistan. In St. Paul, the framework for a 24-story Hilton climbed skyward, while in New Haven, Conn., and Montreal, workmen were busy building locally financed hotels. These far-flung structures are the creations of one architect: balding, cherubic William Benjamin Tabler, 50, who has become the world's busiest designer of big hotels, including the new Hiltons in Manhattan, San Fran cisco and...

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