The Wilshire Grand Center has opened in Downtown Los Angeles, setting records. The 73-story building at 1,100 feet high is the tallest building west of the Mississippi and 9th tallest in the entire United States! Yes, there is more! The spectacular roofline of the new building is designed to reflect the shape of the Half Dome rock formation in Yosemite National Park. (The building is one of very few high-rise structures in DTLA without the mandatory flat roof providing helipad.) Another striking characteristic of the Wilshire Grand Center are its millions of programmable LED lights. So is its cost: $1.2 billion.
Here in Los Angeles where we’re all concerned with the possibility of a major earthquake, one has to wonder about the safety of a building as tall as the Wilshire Grand Center. Well, it is supposedly safer than our one family homes. The specifics are actually quite stunning, you can read more about them here.
The spectacular skyscraper, a new landmark in Downtown L.A., is the brainchild a Korean businessman Yang Ho Cho, 68, a chairman of Hanjin Group (the owner of Wilshire Grand Center) whose father Choong Hoon Cho founded the Hanjin conglomerate. The lead designer of the project is David C. Martin.
To paraphrase the owner, The Wilshire Grand Center is an upscale world-class 73-story skyscraper in the heart of Downtown, Los Angeles. Wilshire Grand Center boasts not only the 900-room InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel, but also cutting edge restaurants, business spaces, and attractive nightlife offerings. It is the tallest structure in the Los Angeles skyline and it will contribute to the rich cultural and economic revival of Downtown.
Wilshire Grand Building
900 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, California
Phone: (213) 550-1878
Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich