Crews have begun demolition of the 60-year-old Wilshire Grand Hotel; they're clearing space for a new hotel and office tower. Here's your chance to take one last look inside the historic hotel.
During the past three weeks more than 150 workers have cleared out 1,275 hotel rooms and other spaces. Eventually, hundreds of workers will take part in the demolition each day.
The Los Angeles Statler, which came to be known as the Statler Hilton, the Omni Los Angeles, and eventually the Wilshire Grand, first opened to guests at noon on August 6, 1952 with 1,275 rooms. Shortly after opening, the hotel hosted the 1952 Emmy Awards. It later housed the 1966 NAACP convention.
The Wilshire Grand will be taken apart piece-by-piece with cranes through October 2013. The new 65-floor office building will be the tallest skyscraper in the West Coast, at 1,250 feet.