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Thursday, August 08, 2013
Wilshire Grand in Downtown Los Angeles Will Redefine the City's Skyline
Downtown Los Angeles is getting a significant
(read: very tall) new landmark that promises to draw more visitors to
heart of the business district: the 73-story Wilshire Grand, a hotel and
office skyscraper designed by locally-based AC Martin Partners. At
1,100 feet (including the spire and a sail-shaped architectural
feature), it will become the tallest building west of Chicago when it is
completed in 2017, surpassing the nearby 1,018-foot-tall U.S. Bank
Tower, designed by Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.
to the final plans released last week for the $1 billion project, by
the developer Korean Air, the new glass-clad tower will feature 900
hotel rooms, 400,000 square feet of office space on 30 floors, and
45,100 square feet of ground floor retail. High speed elevators will
transport hotel guests to the lobby on the 70th floor; the 71st
floor will house a restaurant. The roof will feature a pool and lounge
area with views of the Pacific Ocean, Hollywood Hills, and the San
The site of the new building, 930 Wilshire Boulevard, was home to the
1952 Wilshire Grand hotel, which was demolished starting last year.