U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles

Photo of U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, California
Photograph Wayne Lorentz
Photo of U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, California
Photograph Wayne Lorentz
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Photo of U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, California
Photograph Wayne Lorentz
Photo of U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, California
Photograph Wayne Lorentz
Photo of U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, California
Photograph Wayne Lorentz
Photo of U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, California
Photograph Wayne Lorentz

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U.S. Bank Tower
Formerly:Library Tower
Formerly:First Interstate World Center
Formerly:Library Tower

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Every city has a landmark that is the pinnacle of its architectural greatness and exemplifies its stature on a world scale. For Los Angeles, this is it. At 1,017 feet it is the tallest building between Chicago and Hong Kong, beating out the Chase Tower in Houston by just 15 feet, though it is two floors shorter. It can be described as a series of overlapping spiraling cubes. The result is a building that is both circular and square. Its shape is aesthetically pleasing to the public, and provides numerous high-priced corner offices that are so important to make such a massive undertaking financially successful.

At its peak is a structure sometimes called a crown or "lighthouse" for lack of a better term. It was originally called the "Library Tower" because of its proximity to the city's beloved Central Library and because it and the Gas Company Building had to purchase the library's air rights in order to exceed the height limit imposed on the area. For a while it was called "First Interstate World Center" after being bought by First Interstate bank. That bank has since merged with Wells Fargo and the "Library Tower" moniker was restored for a number of years before the building changed hands again in 2005 and was renamed "U.S. Bank Tower."

Quick Facts
Statistics
  • Floor space: 1,430,000 square feet
Notes
  • When U.S. Bank moved in to this buidling in 2003 on a 12-year lease, it took the space vacated by the Andersen accounting firm, even buying the old company's furniture.
Tourist Tips
  • Watch out for the building's security guards. They are poorly trained and believe their miniscule amount of power gives them the authority to restrict tourists from taking photographs of the building and of other buildings in the vicinity. They falsely claimed to our employees that U.S. Bank owns the public sidewalk and the entirety of West Fifth Street and can decide who can take photographs. They are lying. Neither U.S. Bank, nor the owners, nor the managers of this building have any legal authority to restrict photography by people who are standing outside the building property line.
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