Back in February, there were rumors flying around that the Library Tower (aka US Bank Tower) could go part residential and hotel in addition to office. And although the LA Times confirmed today that won’t happen, exciting rumors also from February of the observation deck and upgraded lobby did stick. By this time next year, Library Tower—the tallest skyscraper west of Chicago at 1,018 feet tall—could become one of LA’s most sought after tourist attractions with a new observation deck and restaurant. In fact, the owners of the skyscraper hope to attract 500,000 visitors a year, which could become a nice economic boost to the local businesses and restaurants nearby in the Financial District and Bunker Hill. For me, I think it’s about time Library Tower got an observation deck (25 years later).
The observation deck at the Library Tower will become the tallest on the west coast. Even when “downtown’s new tallest skyscraper,” the Wilshire Grand Tower is completed in 2017, the highest floor you would be able to stand on would be the rooftop pool area, which is still less than 900 feet tall since it’s the crown and spire feature that bring the total height to 1,100 feet tall.
In addition, Library Tower is slated to receive about $50 million in upgrades including the lobby facing 5th Street, which will also get a curb cutout to make it more convenient for cars to unload passengers. Still ambiguous is a “modernization” of the US Bank sign that is apparently in the works as part of the upgrades to the tower.
So the price for admission? $25
For comparison, let’s look at prices for some other famous observation decks:
Willis/Sears Tower, Chicago: $19 (fast pass is $40)
Empire State Building, New York: $29 (to 86th floor), $46 (to 102nd floor)
Top of the Rock, New York: $29
Taipei 101, Taiwan: $17 USD (fast pass $33 USD)