Photographer's Note

Los Angeles' Downtown high-rise skyline photographed towards northwest from Pershing Square at Olive Street.

The picture includes (from left to right):

The Biltmore Tower (1987/104m/340ft) added on top of the Biltmore Hotel, the most famous hotel in Los Angeles - and where I stayed!

The US Bank Tower (1990/310m/1018ft), aka. the Library Tower, the tallest building in Los Angeles and built to withstand the rigors of an 8.3 quake, which is regarded as the "maximum possible event"!

The Gas Company Tower (1991/228m/749ft) Los Angeles' fourth tallest bulding, also depicted here.

The KPMG Tower (1983/171m/560ft) at the Wells Fargo Center - standing behind...

...the PacBell Microwave Tower (1961/137m/448ft) on top of the colorfully decorated Madison Complex - the telecommunications switching station for the 213 area code. It was used for microwave transmissions, until the introduction of fiber optic in the late 1990s, and was for many years the highest structure in the LA skyline.

The Wells Fargo Tower (1983/220m/723ft) Los Angeles' 7th tallest building.

Two California Plaza (1992/229m/750ft) Los Angeles' third tallest building, with a water court and dancing fountains on the ground level.

Until 1964 there was a city ordinance forbidding buildings over 13 floors, due to the earthquake threat, making City Hall the tallest building!

Today is quite a different view!

PS: Do you see the flag?

Post pro: Ran autolevels, resized, USM 150/1.2/6, framed and saved for Web.

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