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US Bank Tower


US Bank Tower
Library Tower, First Interstate World Center


Structure in General

existing [completed]
composite structure
curtain wall
white light green


commercial office


  • The glass crown on top is brightly illuminated at night.
  • The Bunker Hill Steps, a variation of Rome's Spanish Steps, wrap around the west side of the base, leading up to Bunker Hill.
  • When completed, became the tallest building on the Pacific coast, surpassing Columbia Center in Seattle.
  • Tallest building in the United States west of the Mississippi River.
  • The building was designed to withstand an earthquake of 8.3 on the Richter Scale.
  • The tower has 4 glass-crowned setbacks, at the 48th, 57th, 61st, and 69th floor levels.
  • The highest helipad in the world is on the roof.
  • Until US Bancorp committed to a major lease with naming rights in March 2003, the building was named Library Tower after the Los Angeles Central Library across the street.
  • First building to be destroyed by alien invaders in the 1996 movie "Independence Day".
  • The central core structure has a frame that is reinforced in two directions.
  • The façade, consisting of granite strips alternating with rectangular windows each 6.4 m (21 ft) long, is also designed to endure deformations of up to 6.35 cm (2.5 inch) per floor.
  • From the 53rd floor up, horizontal forces caused by wind or earthquakes are dampened by two struts, which are each one floor high.
  • Upon completion this became the tallest building in the world located in a major seismic region; it has since been surpassed by Taipei 101.

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623-633 West 5th Street
432-450 South Hope Street
633 West Fifth Street
Central City
Los Angeles

Technical Data

1,018.01 ft
1,018.01 ft
1,018.01 ft
13.25 ft

Involved Companies

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Ellerbe Becket, Inc.
MEP engineering, developer, elevator supplier, environmental consultant, facade consultant, facade designer, facade installation, facade supplier, general contractor, investment advisor, landscape architect, lighting consultant, mechanical systems installation, owner, property management, safety consultant, structural engineering, tenant

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • Helipad is available
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