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Wilshire Grand Tower becomes tallest building west of the Mississippi

Passerby's look up at the Wilshire Grand Tower on South Figueroa Street.
Passerby's look up at the Wilshire Grand Tower on South Figueroa Street.
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It's official. The Wilshire Grand Tower is now the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

Construction workers on Saturday placed a 10-ton spire atop the downtown Los Angeles skyscraper.

The spire adds 160 feet to the 73-story building, making it 1,099 feet high.

That's 81 feet higher than nearby U.S. Bank Tower, which held the tallest building record since 1989.

Back in April, KPCC's John Rabe got a sneak peak at the Wilshire Grand for Off-Ramp. Back then, L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti said the skyscraper Grand represents 2.669 million hours of construction work.

The Wilshire Grand still has more construction work scheduled. The $1 billion hotel and office complex is scheduled to open next March.