List of tallest buildings in Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles skyline
Downtown Los Angeles at night

This list of tallest buildings in Los Angeles ranks skyscrapers in the U.S. city of Los Angeles, California by height. The tallest building in Los Angeles is the 73-story U.S. Bank Tower, which rises 1,018 feet (310 m) in Downtown Los Angeles and was completed in 1989.[1] It also stands as the tallest building in the state of California, tallest building west of the Mississippi, and the 11th-tallest building in the United States. The second-tallest skyscraper in the city and the state is the Aon Center, which rises 858 feet (262 m).[2] Seven of the ten tallest buildings in California are located in Los Angeles.[3]

Skyscrapers are difficult and expensive to construct in Los Angeles due to the city's high rate of earthquakes and position near the San Andreas fault line, as well as the resulting difficulty of adhering to the city's rigorous engineering standards. Nevertheless, a number of successful and iconic skyscrapers dot the downtown Los Angeles skyline. The history of skyscrapers in Los Angeles began with the 1903 completion of the Braly Building, which is often regarded as the first high-rise in the city;[4] it rises 13 floors and 151 feet (46 m) in height.[5] The building, originally constructed as a commercial structure, has since been renovated into a residential tower and is now known as the "Continental Building".[4] Los Angeles went through a large building boom that lasted from the early 1960s to the early 1990s, during which time the city saw the completion of 30 of its 32 tallest buildings, including the U.S. Bank Tower, Aon Tower, and Two California Plaza. The city is the site of 25 skyscrapers at least 492 feet (150 m) in height, more than any other city in the Pacific coast region. As of July 2011, there are 505 completed high-rises in the city.[6]

The most recently completed skyscraper in Los Angeles is L.A. Live Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Condominiums, which rises 653 feet (199 m) and 54 floors.[7]

The Wilshire Grand Tower, a hotel and office tower which is under construction, is expected to rise 73 stories and 1,100 feet (335 m) in height.[8] Once completed in 2017, it will surpass the U.S. Bank Tower to become the tallest building in the United States, west of Chicago.

As of May 2011, there are 60 high-rise buildings under construction, approved for construction, and proposed for construction in Los Angeles.[6] 37 of these 60 buildings are over 100 meters tall.

Los Angeles skyline during sunset as seen from behind the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park in October 2006

Tallest buildings[edit]

This lists ranks Los Angeles skyscrapers that stand at least 400 feet (122 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed.

Rank Name Image Height
ft (m)
Architect Floors Year Notes
1 U.S. Bank Tower Los Angeles Library Tower (small).jpg 01.01,018 (310) Henry N. Cobb 73 1989 47th-tallest building in the world, 11th-tallest building in the United States, tallest building on the West Coast of the United States, tallest building in California; tallest building in the world with a helipad on its roof; tallest building constructed in Los Angeles in the 1980s; formerly known as Library Tower; at the time of its completion, the building was the tallest structure in a major active seismic region (Taipei 101 now holds this title).[1][9][10]
2 Aon Center Aon Center LA.jpg 02.0858 (262) Charles Luckman 62 1973 133rd-tallest building in the world, 31st-tallest building in the United States; tallest building constructed in Los Angeles in the 1970s[2][11]
3 Two California Plaza Two California Plaza.jpg 03.0750 (229) Arthur Erickson 54 1992 72nd-tallest building in the United States; tallest building constructed in Los Angeles in the 1990s[12][13]
4 Gas Company Tower Los Angeles downtown p1000070.jpg 04.0749 (228) Richard Keating 52 1991 77th-tallest building in the United States[14][15]
5 Bank of America Center Los Angeles - Bank America building from Historic LAPD Academy.JPG 05.0735 (224) Albert C. Martin 55 1974 92nd-tallest building in the United States; formerly known as Security Pacific Bank Plaza, ARCO Plaza, and BP Plaza[16][17]
6 777 Tower 777 Tower Los Angeles Pelli LC-HS503-502.jpg 06.0725 (221) César Pelli 52 1991 98th-tallest building in the United States[18][19]
7 Wells Fargo Center WellsFargocenter03.jpg 07.0723 (220) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 54 1983 103rd-tallest building in the United States[20][21]
8 Figueroa at Wilshire FigueroaWilshire.jpg 08.0717 (219) Albert C. Martin 53 1990 107th-tallest building in the United States; formerly known as the Sanwa Bank Building[22][23]
9 City National Tower PaulHastingsCityNationalTwinTowers.jpg 09.0699 (213) Albert C. Martin 52 1972 Formerly known as the Bank of America Tower; this building and Paul Hastings Tower stand as the tallest twin towers in Los Angeles.[24][25]
10 Paul Hastings Tower PaulHastingsCityNationalTwinTowers.jpg 10.0699 (213) Albert C. Martin 52 1972 Formerly known as ARCO Tower; this building and City National Tower stand as the tallest twin towers in Los Angeles.[26][27]
11 LA Live Hotels & Condominiums LA Live Ritz Carlton Hotel & Residences tower.jpg 10.1667 (203) Gensler 54 2010 Tallest building constructed in Los Angeles in the 2010s[28]
12 Citigroup Center Citigroup Center Downtown Los Angeles.jpg 11.0625 (191) Albert C. Martin 48 1979 Formerly known as the 444 Flower Building[29][30]
13 611 Place 611Place LosAngeles.jpg 12.0620 (189) William Pereira 42 1967 Tallest building constructed in Los Angeles in the 1960s[31][32]
14 One California Plaza One California Plaza.jpg 13.0578 (176) Arthur Erickson 42 1985 [33][34]
15= Century Plaza Tower II CenturyPlazaTowers.jpg 14.0571 (174) Minoru Yamasaki 44 1975 This building and Century Plaza Tower I stand as the tallest buildings outside Downtown Los Angeles.[35][36]
15= Century Plaza Tower I CenturyPlazaTowers.jpg 15.0571 (174) Minoru Yamasaki 44 1975 This building and Century Plaza Tower II stand as the tallest buildings outside Downtown Los Angeles.[37][38]
17 KPMG Tower WellsFargocenter03.jpg 16.0560 (171) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 45 1983 [39][40]
18 Ernst & Young Plaza ErnstYoungBuildingLosAngeles.jpg 17.0534 (163) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 41 1985 [41][42]
19 SunAmerica Center AIG SunAmericaTower.jpg 18.0533 (162) Johnson & Fain 39 1990 [43][44]
20 TCW Tower TWCbuilding.jpg 19.0517 (158) Albert C. Martin 39 1990 [45][46]
21 Union Bank Plaza UnionBankCalifornia.jpg 20.0516 (157) Albert C. Martin 40 1968 [47][48]
22 10 Universal City Plaza 10 Universal City Plaza.jpg 21.0506 (154) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 36 1984 Tallest building in the San Fernando Valley[49][50]
23 1100 Wilshire 1100Wilshire.jpg 22.0496 (151) Albert C. Martin 35 1987 Tallest residential building in the city[51][52]
24 Fox Plaza Foxyplaza.jpg 23.0492 (150) Johnson & Fain 34 1987 [53][54]
25 Constellation Place MGM Tower.jpg 24.0491 (150) Johnson & Fain 35 2003 First high rise to be completed in the 21st century in Los Angeles[7][55]
26 The Century TheCentury CenturyCity1.jpg 24.0478 (146) Robert A. M. Stern 42 2009 (completed in 2009, opened in 2010) [56]
27 ARCO Tower 1055wSeventh ArcoTower.jpg 25.0462 (141) Gin Wong 33 1989 [57][58]
28= Los Angeles City Hall Los Angeles City Hall (color) edit1.jpg 26.0454 (138) Austin, Parkinson & Martin 32 1928 Tallest building constructed in Los Angeles in the 1920s; tallest base-isolated structure in the world[59][60][61]
28= Equitable Life Building Equitable2.jpg 27.0454 (138) Welton Becket 34 1969 [62][63]
30 AT&T Center AT&T Center Los Angeles.jpg 28.0452 (138) William Pereira 32 1965 [64][65]
31 PacBell Tower PacBellTower01.jpg 29.0448 (137) The Parkinsons 17 1961 [66][67]
32 5900 Wilshire 5900Wilshire.jpg 30.0443 (135) Gin Wong / William Pereira 32 1971 [68][69]
33 Warner Center Plaza II Warner Center Skyscrapers.jpg 31.0415 (126) Ware & Malcomb 25 1991 [70][71]
34 MCI Center MCICenter02.jpg 32.0414 (126) Charles Luckman 33 1973 [72][73]

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Los Angeles.

Name Image Street address Years as tallest Height
ft (m)
Floors Reference
Braly Building[A] Building at 408 S. Spring St. (Top), Los Angeles.JPG 408 South Spring Street 1903–1907 151 (46) 13 [5]
Security Building Security Building (Los Angeles).jpg 510 South Spring Street 1907–1911 165 (50) 11 [74]
A.G. Bartlett Building Bartlett Building (Los Angeles).jpg 651 South Spring Street 1911–1916 190 (58) 14 [75]
Park Central Building 412 West 6th Street 1916–1927 N/A[B] 14 [76]
Texaco Building United Artists Theater, Los Angeles.JPG 929 South Broadway 1927–1928 242 (74) 13 [77]
Los Angeles City Hall LosAngelesCityHall1931.JPG 200 North Spring Street 1928–1968 454 (138) 32 [60]
Union Bank Plaza UnionBankCalifornia.jpg 445 South Figueroa Street 1968–1969 516 (157) 40 [48]
611 Place 611Place LosAngeles.jpg 611 West 6th Street 1969–1972 620 (189) 42 [32]
City National Tower[C] PaulHastingsCityNationalTwinTowers.jpg 555 South Flower Street 1972–1974 699 (213) 52 [25]
Paul Hastings Tower[C] PaulHastingsCityNationalTwinTowers.jpg 515 South Flower Street 1972–1974 699 (213) 52 [27]
Aon Center Aon Center LA.jpg 707 Wilshire Boulevard 1974–1989 858 (262) 62 [11]
U.S. Bank Tower Usbnktwr.jpg 633 West 5th Street 1989–present 1,018 / 310 73 [9]

Notes[edit]

A. ^ This building was originally known as the Braly Building, but has since been renamed the Continental Building.
B. ^ Official height figures have never been released by this building's developer.
C. ^ a b The City National Tower and the Paul Hastings Tower are twin towers, both rising 699 feet (213 m). As both buildings were completed in 1972, Los Angeles had two tallest buildings until the completion of Aon Center in 1974.

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