Los Angeles skyscraper tops out as tallest Western building

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A new skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles has become the tallest building west of the Mississippi River

A 160-foot spire is seen atop the Wilshire Grand Tower building after a crane hoisted it into place early Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. The 10-ton spire makes the building the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. It’s now 1,099 feet high, 81 feet higher than the nearby U.S. Bank Tower, which held the tallest building record since 1989. The $1-billion hotel and office complex is scheduled to open next March. 

A 160-foot spire is seen atop the Wilshire Grand Tower building after a crane hoisted it into place early Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. The 10-ton spire makes the building the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. It’s now 1,099 feet high, 81 feet higher than the nearby U.S. Bank Tower, which held the tallest building record since 1989. The $1-billion hotel and office complex is scheduled to open next March. 

A 160-foot spire is seen atop the Wilshire Grand Tower building after a crane hoisted it into place early Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. The 10-ton spire makes the building the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. It’s now 1,099 feet high, 81 feet higher than the nearby U.S. Bank Tower, lower right, which held the tallest building record since 1989. The $1-billion hotel and office complex is scheduled to open next 

In this photo provided by the Wilshire Grand Center, a worker signals as a crane hoists a beacon into place atop a 160-foot spire on the Wilshire Grand Tower early Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in downtown Los Angeles. The 10-ton spire makes the structure the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. The $1 billion hotel and office complex is scheduled to open next March. 

In this photo provided by the Wilshire Grand Center, a crane hoists a beacon into place atop a 160-foot spire on the Wilshire Grand Tower early Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in downtown Los Angeles. The 10-ton spire makes the structure the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. The $1 billion hotel and office complex is scheduled to open next March. 

A 160-foot spire is seen atop the Wilshire Grand Tower building after a crane hoisted it into place early Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in downtown Los Angeles. The 10-ton spire makes the building the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. It’s now 1,099 feet high, 81 feet higher than the nearby U.S. Bank Tower, which held the tallest building record since 1989. The $1-billion hotel and office complex is scheduled to open next March. 

A 160-foot spire is seen atop the Wilshire Grand Tower building after a crane hoisted it into place early Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in downtown Los Angeles. The 10-ton spire makes the building the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. It’s now 1,099 feet high, 81 feet higher than the nearby U.S. Bank Tower, which held the tallest building record since 1989. The $1-billion hotel and office complex is scheduled to open next March. 

A 160-foot spire is seen atop the Wilshire Grand Tower building after a crane hoisted it into place early Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in downtown Los Angeles. The 10-ton spire makes the building the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. It’s now 1,099 feet high, 81 feet higher than the nearby U.S. Bank Tower, lower right, which held the tallest building record since 1989. The $1-billion hotel and office complex is scheduled to open next March. 

A 160-foot spire is seen atop the Wilshire Grand Tower building after a crane hoisted it into place early Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in downtown Los Angeles. The 10-ton spire makes the building the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. It’s now 1,099 feet high, 81 feet higher than the nearby U.S. Bank Tower, which held the tallest building record since 1989. The $1-billion hotel and office complex is scheduled to open next March.