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Saturday, September 03, 2016

Photos of the Day: The Wilshire Grand's Spire Is Complete!

The Wilshire Grand Center stands tall in downtown Los Angeles after the final spire segment was installed atop the skyscraper on September 3, 2016.
Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Just thought I'd share these great photos that I found online showing the Wilshire Grand Center after the final piece of its spire was installed early this morning. The skyscraper now stands at about 1,100 feet-tall, with the spire making it around 90 feet higher than the U.S. Bank Tower (which was the tallest building in Los Angeles up until this past week) and officially giving the Wilshire Grand Center the honorary position of being the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi River. Sure, it's still the fourth-highest building in the United States (behind New York's 1 World Trade Center and the Empire State Building, as well as Chicago's Willis Tower). But other than that, I'm so proud to be an Angeleno! For the most part, that is. Yes, I keep saying that.

A construction worker stands on the final spire segment as it was being installed atop the Wilshire Grand Center on September 3, 2016.
Gary Leonard, AP

The final spire segment is about to be installed atop the Wilshire Grand Center on September 3, 2016.
Gary Leonard, AP

Construction workers inside a steel cage put finishing touches on the spire after its final segment was installed atop the Wilshire Grand Center...on September 3, 2016.
Reed Saxon, AP

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