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First Interstate World Center
Located across the street from the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles, the First Interstate World Center is the tallest building in the western United States and the 26th tallest in the world as of 2007. It also known as the US Bank Tower and the Library Tower. Designed by world-renowned architect IM Pei and built in 1989, this 73-story skyscraper stands at a height of 1,018 feet (310 m). The tallest building to be built along a major fault line, it can withstand an earthquake of up to 8.3 on the Richter scale.
In 2004, the 9/11 commission determined that the First Interstate World Center had been a target of the original attack. In 2005, White House officials stated that they had foiled a second attempt to crash a plane into the building in 2002. In a televised speech in 2006, President Bush mistakenly called the building "Liberty Tower".
The First Interstate World Center has been featured in several popular movies, including the following:
- Speed (1994)
- Independence Day (1996)
- The Collateral (2004)
- The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
- Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
- Transformers (2007)