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Wilshire Grand Center, the new tallest building in L.A. and a schmoozer in the skyline

Wilshire Grand Center, the new tallest building in L.A. and a schmoozer in the skyline

Here’s the long and short of it: Los Angeles still hasn’t produced a skyscraper that qualifies as a great work of architecture.

The Wilshire Grand Center opened Friday as the tallest building in the city and the highest west of the Mississippi River, if only thanks to its spire. Holding meeting rooms and 365,000 square feet of class A office space on its lower floors, a 900-room InterContinental Hotel on its upper ones and a collection of bars and restaurants at the top, it reaches 73 stories and 1,100 feet, edging out the 1990 U.S. Bank Tower a few blocks away.

Chris Martin, chief executive of the century-old L.A. firm AC Martin Partners, which designed the tower, told me...

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