Library Tower in Los Angeles (USA) - the main library of the city, known as the First Interstate World Center
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633 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, 90071, California, USA
Date of build
1987 - 1990
The First Interstate World Center exists today for one reason: the main library of Los Angeles located here was partially destroyed as a result of a fire in 1986, when the urban team bought destroyed building, restored the library and built a 75-storey skyscraper adjacent to it.
The building was originally called the Library Tower, but the name was changed when in 1990, First Interstate Bancorp occupied part of the building. Just after six years, the office building returned to its previous name.
The skyscraper is only 26 miles from the San Andreas cliff. It has been designed to withstand earthquakes up to 8.3 on the Richter scale. The building has been massively reinforced with the inner core and the perimeter column molds have been improved flexibly enough to withstand large tilts to the sides, but also to be hard enough to withstand the enormous wind forces that plague the skyscrapers.
The Library Tower has 4 glazed crowns, where there are lookout places, they are located on the 48th, 57th, 61st and 69th floors.
The tallest building west of the Mississippi River, and the tallest building in the west of the United States.
In the film "Independence Day" The First Interstate World Center was first destroyed by an alien rocket.
The glass crown at the top shines brilliantly at night.