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The tallest building west of the Mississippi opens in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The tallest building west of the Mississippi River celebrated its grand opening Friday in downtown Los Angeles.

The 73-story Wilshire Grand Center at 900 Wilshire Blvd. was developed by Korean Air, which is owned by Hanjin International Corp., at a cost of more than $1 billion.

The high-rise is 1,100 feet tall, surpassing the height of the U.S. Bank Tower, which was previously the tallest building in Los Angeles at 1,018 feet.

The lobby of the building's InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel is on the 70th floor. The 889 guest rooms have retractable windows.

The building also has over 400,000 square feet of office space.

"The Wilshire Grand is designed as a tribute to, and for, the city of Los Angeles," said Chris Martin, CEO and president of A.C. Martin, the firm responsible for the building's design.

"Seeing this project come to fruition is a momentous occasion and symbol of pride for the entire city, and for all those who work, live and stay in Los Angeles."

A ceremony was held in September when a 10-ton spire was placed atop the tower, which officially made it the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

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