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Shots from the bus window of downtown Los Angeles




Coming home from a day trip one late afternoon in January I shot these views of downtown Los Angeles through the bus window. I filed them away and didn’t really look at them as I didn’t think they would amount to much. But today I was sorting some photos and on second thoughts decided these were worth posting. They are iconic snapshots of downtown LA with the skyscrapers, palm trees, freeways, traffic…. and that sun going down showering the buildings with one last golden blast.


The tall cylindrical building just to the right of center is Library Tower, or the US Bank Building, completed in the early 1990s. As far as I know, at 73 floors, it is still the tallest building west of Chicago. It has a story I won’t go into here. In front of the tower is the (also cylindrical) Bonaventure Hotel. Built in the 1970s it remains the LA hotel with the most rooms, but I think a couple of other hotels currentlybeing built will usurp that honor. I have read that downtown is seriously in need of hotel rooms.



More palm trees, more skyscrapers. There was a height limit of about 12 stories until the late 1950s. We have made up for that in the past three decades. The black tower is one of a twin known as the Arco Towers when first erected in the 1970s. The towers replaced one of the most exquisite and lavish 1920s art deco buildings… the thought makes me cry. 



I’m going out on a limb here but I believe the building at left is the Wells Fargo Center at 54 stories. I can’t remember the current name of the building to the right (the names change every five minutes depending on who is the major tenant or pays for naming rights) but for me it will forever be the Sanwa Bank Building as that was its original name. Built in the early 90s, it is a gorgeous reinterpretation of art deco, which was one of the popular styles of 1920s downtown. 53 floors.


The white tower to the right is the 777 Building. Again, completed in the early 90s at 52 stories.




And, ta da, the J.Marriott Hotel at left, Ritz-Carlton condominuims at right, 54 floors at LA Live. Coming towards downtown on the 110 Harbor Freeway north, this is the first building you notice. 

downtown Los Angeles

View from the back of the bus with last glowing embers of the sun.

Please click on all the photos for a larger view.

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

2 thoughts on “Shots from the bus window of downtown Los Angeles

  1. Thanks, Pedro. I always enjoy your photos!


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