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

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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