Renowned architect Pei Cobb Freed & Partners designed the stunning U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles’ downtown. The building, formerly the Library Town and First Interstate Bank World Center, is a 1,018-foot tower that features an interlocking set of granite planes and curves that step down into a series of terraces. With columns of glass at the base and a glass crown on top, the building has become a landmark destination for tourists seeking an architectural achievement.
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The U.S. Bank Tower is the third tallest building west of the Mississippi River and has appeared in films such as the 1996 movie Independence Day and the 1996 film Escape from L.A.
In 1989 the 76-story skyscraper cost more than $450 million to construct. The building’s Bunker Hill Steps that wrap around the west side of the building are fashioned after Rome’s famous Spanish Steps. The U.S. Tower is the only building in California that exceeds 1,000 feet. In addition, the glass crown on top of the building is the highest helipad in the world.
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One of the U.S. Bank Tower's unique features is its OUE SkySpace Los Angeles, an observation deck with indoor and outdoor lookouts. The panoramic views provide a clear view of the mountains, the Hollywood sign, and the surrounding city. The fabulous views beckon photographers as it is California’s tallest open-air observation deck. The U.S. Bank Tower experience also has a time-lapse video and an infinity mirror to encounter on the way to the top.
For thrill-seekers looking for an additional adrenaline rush, the tower has an outdoor glass slide that runs on the exterior of the building. The SkySlide zooms down from the 69th floor to the 70th floor.
Tickets for SkySpace are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $19 for children ages three to 12. A ride on the SkySlide costs an extra $8 per person.
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The OUE Skyspace is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., with the last ticket sold at 9:00 p.m. The attraction is open on holidays with modified hours. Check the website for details.