Big news. The Wilshire Grand Tower in Los Angeles, which is 1,099 feet tall, has become the tallest building West of the Mississippi. It is not nearly the tallest in America. One World Trade Center has that spot at 1,776 feet.
The Wilshire Grand Tower barely makes the top 10 tallest buildings in the U.S. Two of these were built in the 1930s. The Empire State Building is 1,250, built in 1931. The Chrysler Building was finished in 1930 and is 1,046 tall (No. 11)
Among those which top The Wilshire Grand Tower are The Willis Tower in Chicago at 1,451 feet, the residential 432 Park Avenue at 1,396 feet, the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago at 1,389, the Bank of America Tower in New York City at 1,200, the Aon Tower in Chicago at 1,136, the John Hancock Tower in Chicago at 1,127.
The LA tower builders wrote:
The Wilshire Grand Center is an upscale world-class 73-story skyscraper in the heart of Downtown, Los Angeles. Plans for finished development are set for 2017 where the Wilshire Grand Center will not only boast the 900-room InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel, but also cutting edge restaurants, businesses, and attractive nightlife offerings. It will be the tallest structure in the Los Angeles skyline, adding to the rich cultural and economic revival of Downtown.
Really not very impressive.