WATCH: The visual history of DTLA’s skyscrapers

Work last year on DTLA’s Wilshire Grand, which is about to reach completion.
Work last year on DTLA’s Wilshire Grand, which is about to reach completion.

Downtown Los Angeles was not always, to quote Solange, like “cranes in the sky.” In fact, Downtown’s progress from 1928 — when the 453-foot-high ziggurat of City Hall reached taller than any other building — to its current state as a nexus of “metal clouds” is a sight to behold.

Which is why, with the Wilshire Grand inches from completion, Commercial Cafe created a visual timeline of the skyline’s evolution. Watch the video after the jump. 

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