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Letters: The Wilshire Grand and downtown's rebirth

June 29, 2013
  • The site of the former Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles will be home to the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.
The site of the former Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles will… ( Los Angeles Times )

Re "Creative destruction," Business, June 27

The demolition of the Wilshire Grand Hotel is certainly the end of an era for Los Angeles.

When the hotel opened in 1952 as the Statler, it signaled a change for downtown Los Angeles. The Statler became the place to go for conferences, meetings and business lunches, taking away from the historic Biltmore.

In some ways, the Statler signaled the rebirth of downtown Los Angeles, several years before Security Pacific National Bank decided to keep its headquarters downtown on Spring Street rather than moving west to mid-Wilshire, and 15 years before the completion of the Los Angeles Music Center.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel holds pleasant memories for this Los Angeles native.

Martin A. Brower

Corona del Mar

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