Architect of LA’s tallest building says he didn’t intend for it be the tallest. The Story Behind The tallest building in Los Angeles

“I told [fire officials] I’m going to build a third staircase and a firemen-dedicated elevator with an impenetrable shaft, so there would be no need to have a helipad, and they agreed. This allowed us to add a spire, and all of a sudden the building was to be 1,100 feet tall. We didn’t realize it would be the tallest building in the West until an L.A. Times staffer wrote about it. But it was never our goal.”  Please read