The U.S. Bank Tower is a tall skyscraper located in downtown Los Angeles in California. It is considered as the tallest building in the state and the 40th tallest in the world. It is also considered as the tallest building in the world equipped with a roof-top heliport. With such distinctions, it has become one of the most recognizable buildings that line up the Los Angeles skyline.
U.S. Bank Tower History
The U.S. Bank Tower is also known as the Library Tower because it was built as part of the Los Angeles Central Library redevelopment area. The City of Los Angeles sold air rights to the developers of the building in order to help pay for the reconstruction of the library. Although it is already named U.S. Bank Tower after it was leased to U.S. Bancorp, many of the residents still refer to it as the Library Tower.
The U.S. Tower was built at a cost of US$350 million. It was designed by Henry N. Cobb of the architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Construction of the tower began in 1987 and was completed in 1989.
U.S. Bank Tower Features
The U.S. Bank Tower takes on a semi-circular shape topped with a large glass crown that is illuminated at night. Its structure was designed to resist an earthquake of 8.3 on a Richter scale. It stands 310.3 meters or 1,018 feet tall. The tower consists of 73 stories with two parking levels found below ground.