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Cleaning Up at the Ritz

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, September 11, 2009, at 05:21PM
Cleaning Up Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A window washing crew cleans the east side of the lower portion of the Ritz Carlton tower at L.A. Live for the first time since glass was installed.

Yesterday a crew began cleaning the glass exterior of the nearly-completed Ritz Carlton tower at L.A. Live, preparation for the building's January opening date. The work offered a visual lesson on just how dirty a building gets in Los Angeles.

Glass on the lower reaches of the tower has been in place for a year, plenty of time to pick up a greater-than-healthy dose of dust and grime. The tower should look quite a bit shinier once the crew finishes a full circuit of the building.

Once finished, the 54-story tower will hold the 879-room J.W. Marriott (floors four through 21), the 123-room Ritz Carlton hotel (floors 22 through 26) and the 224-unit Residences at the Ritz Carlton (floors 27 through 52).

Also: A pair of readers sent in photos of new lighting being tested on the edges of the lower part of the Ritz tower. Nighttime renderings of the tower seem to show similar light strips going all the way up.


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