Spire-Topped Wilshire Grand Center Opens in DTLA, Becoming Tallest Building in Western U.S.

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As dusk fell on downtown Los Angeles, dozens of people gathered on the sidewalks outside the Wilshire Grand Center, watching as the hotel’s LED lights — confined to a stripe on the side of the building — glowed in an array of rainbow colors.

Koreatown resident Miky Nam brought a small folding chair to take in the spectacle. A Korean American, she said she was proud to learn that the tallest building in the West was built by Korean Air.

“It can be a landmark for L.A.” she said.

The newest addition to the L.A. skyline opened Friday to the brassy sounds of a USC marching band and suggestions that the 73-story building, which houses an InterContinental Hotel, office space and several restaurants, could forge a new chapter in the relationship between Southern California and East Asia.

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