Wells Fargo Center (Los Angeles)

Wells Fargo Center is a twin tower skyscraper complex in Downtown Los Angeles on Bunker Hill, in Los Angeles, California. It comprises South and North towers, which are joined by a three-story glass atrium.

Wells Fargo Center
Wells Fargo Center in downtown Los Angeles, California.jpg
Wells Fargo Tower (left), and KPMG Tower
Alternative namesCrocker Center
Crocker Center North & South
Wells Fargo Center I & II
IBM Tower
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Location333 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates34°03′09″N 118°15′08″W / 34.0524°N 118.2522°W / 34.0524; -118.2522Coordinates: 34°03′09″N 118°15′08″W / 34.0524°N 118.2522°W / 34.0524; -118.2522
Construction started1980-1981
OwnerBrookfield Office Properties Inc.[1]
RoofTower I: 220.37 m (723.0 ft)
Tower II: 170.69 m (560.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor countTower I: 54
Tower II: 45
Floor areaTower I: 1,391,000 sq ft (129,200 m2)
Tower II: 1,140,000 sq ft (106,000 m2)
Lifts/elevatorsTower I: 29
Tower II: 26
Design and construction
ArchitectSkidmore, Owings & Merrill
DeveloperMaguire Properties
Thomas Properties Group
Structural engineerSkidmore, Owings & Merrill
Main contractorTurner Construction

The project received the 1986–1987 and 2003–2004 Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Office Building of the Year Award, and numerous others. A branch of the Wells Fargo History Museum is located at the center.[10]

Wells Fargo TowerEdit

Wells Fargo Tower (Tower I), at 220 m (720 ft) it is the tallest building of the complex. It has 54 floors and it is the 8th tallest building in Los Angeles, and the 92nd-tallest building in the United States. When it opened in 1983, it was known as the Crocker Tower, named after San Francisco-based Crocker National Bank. Crocker merged with Wells Fargo in 1986.

During initial construction it was featured in the 1983 film, Blue Thunder. The top upper floors were not completed at the time of filming, so Roy Scheider's character shot a helicopter chasing him and the pilot ejects and drifts by the Crocker Center under construction and lands in the street. It was actually the base jumper Carl Boenish (1941–1984), off the Crocker Tower that performed the jump without permission on November 9, 1981, and it was front page news in the Los Angeles Times with photography from several angles.[citation needed]

Anchor tenants

South TowerEdit

South Tower (Tower II) is 171 m (561 ft), and was completed in 1983 with 45 floors. It is the 17th tallest building in the city.

Anchor tenants

Fredric JamesonEdit

Cultural critic Fredric Jameson used Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's Crocker Bank Center (as it was then named) as an example of what he sees as Postmodern architecture's "depthlessness":

Nor is this depthlessness merely metaphorical: it can be experienced physically and literally by anyone who, mounting what used to be Raymond Chandler's Beacon Hill from the great Chicano markets on Broadway and 4th St. in downtown Los Angeles, suddenly confronts the great free-standing wall of the Crocker Bank Center (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill) -- a surface which seems to be unsupported by any volume, or whose putative volume (rectangular, trapezoidal?) is ocularly quite undecidable. This great sheet of windows, with its gravity-defying two-dimensionality, momentarily transforms the solid ground on which we climb into the contents of a stereopticon, pasteboard shapes profiling themselves here and there around us. From all sides, the visual effect is the same: as fateful as the great monolith in Kubrick's 2001 which confronts its viewers like an enigmatic destiny, a call to evolutionary mutation. If this new multinational downtown ... effectively abolished the older ruined city fabric which it violently replaced, cannot something similar be said about the way in which this strange new surface in its own peremptory way renders our older systems of perception of the city somehow archaic and aimless, without offering another in their place?[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Vincent, Roger (13 October 2013) "Brookfield becomes dominant landlord in L.A. financial district" Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ "Wells Fargo Tower". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  3. ^ "KPMG Tower". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  4. ^ Wells Fargo Center at Emporis
  5. ^ Wells Fargo Tower at Glass Steel and Stone (archived)
  6. ^ KPMG Tower at Glass Steel and Stone (archived)
  7. ^ "Wells Fargo Tower". SkyscraperPage.
  8. ^ "KPMG Tower". SkyscraperPage.
  9. ^ Wells Fargo Center at Structurae
  10. ^ "Museums: Los Angeles". Wells Fargo History. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  11. ^ Vincent, Roger (November 14, 2014) "Oaktree Capital agrees to expand offices in downtown Los Angeles" Los Angeles Times
  12. ^ Fredric Jameson, "Postmodernism, or The Culture of Late Capitalism", New Left Review, I/146, July–August 1984

Further readingEdit

  • Cameron, Robert (1990). Above Los Angeles. San Francisco: Cameron & Company. ISBN 0-918684-48-X.