1928: Braly Building- The Beginning
Throughout the rise and development of Downtown Los Angeles, many have been able to witness the dynamic transformation of the rich; geographical diversification that has occurred over the last few decades. Most of which, that came to pass in the form of towering edifices casting monolithic shadows, swallowing whole, some of the busiest streets that date back to the early 1900's.
It all began in 1903, before the start of World War II. The Braly Building (the City's first high-rise) was erected. For the next two decades, the tallest buildings would only be 13 or 14 stories (due to restrictions that were put in place after the completion of the Braly during the Golden Age). In 1928 City Hall was completed and was considered to be LA's first skyscraper holding the title of the city's tallest building for 36 years.
Fast-forward 100 years and we arrive at the colossal- Wilshire Grand Center. Built and completed in June 2017, the skyscraper that is located in the Financial District, is currently the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Outside of New York and Chicago, the Wilshire Grand Center building would be the 9th tallest building in the United States, and some would even refer to it as the "Times Square of the West." In light of such a significant benchmark, Commercial Cafe (A Commercial Real Estate Blog) has put together a video of the evolution of Downtown LA, "from the very first skyscraper, to its latest."