Thursday, July 17, 2014

LA Will Have a New Sky High Attraction

The West's tallest building, LA's US Bank Tower
Los Angeles has not had any tall building with an observation deck to observe the distant views, a la the Empire State Building or the Eiffel Tower.  Of course, we can easily climb to the peaks of Runyon Canyon or take a shuttle to the Griffith Park Observatory, but it's not quite the same thing as stepping into an elevator and being whooshed to a glass-lined observation floor or outside deck where the city stretches out at your feet.  

The plans for the massive new Wilshire Grand Tower will include just such a floor, and even an infinity pool 700 feet above the ground.  But Angelenos and tourists won't even have to wait for 2017 when that skyscraper is finished to have the rooftop view experience.  The US Bank "library tower" at Pershing Square is getting a top floor makeover that will include a restaurant and observation deck on its 69th and 70th floors, and it could be ready by the middle of 2015.

Hunter Communications Original News Source: 
Los Angeles Times

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Excerpt: "U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building in the West, will soon have an observation deck and sky-high restaurant catering to visitors to downtown Los Angeles.

The deck, the first of its kind in Southern California, will provide visitors with a sweeping view of Los Angeles, stretching from the hills of Glendale to Catalina Island.

The 72-story skyscraper, completed in 1989, will remain an office building, the owners said Tuesday, but it will get about $50 million worth of improvements, including a makeover of the lobby.OUE will instead try to capitalize on the tower's height to make it a busy tourist attraction like the Empire State Building in New York and the Willis Tower in Chicago, both of which are more than 100 stories tall.

The top floor of U.S. Bank Tower is to remain offices for rent, but the 71st floor below it will become home to a restaurant. The space once occupied by executives of First Interstate Bank has 18-foot ceilings and 360-degree views of the Los Angeles basin.

The 69th and 70th floors are to be connected by a interior stairwell and made into an observation and meeting space. The 69th floor already has terraces that will be opened up to form outdoor viewing spaces. Visitors can see past Long Beach to Santa Catalina Island on a clear day.

OUE anticipates that the observation deck could attract 500,000 people per year, each of whom would pay around $25 for entry."

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