Iconic La: Stories of La's Most Memorable Buildings

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Chronicle Books Llc, 2000 - Architecture - 119 pages
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The twelve buildings of "Iconic LA," identifiable the world over, demonstrate the personality and power of Los Angeles as a major metropolis. Their stories are the story of a city in progress, an urban biography that tells a century's worth of history. Like a character in a movie, each of these buildings has played a role in an unfolding human drama complete with intrigue, political struggle, tragedy, and triumph.

The architect of the Bradbury Building accepted the commission after consulting a Ouija board and was inspired by a futuristic novel written in the late 1800s; in 1984 the building became a set for the futuristic-noir film "Blade Runner." The Jetson style LAX Theme Building provides an indelible image of one of the world's busiest airports; however, few know the poignant story of its designer, Paul Williams, one of Los Angeles's most important African-American architects. Frank Gehry's design for the Disney Concert Hall suffered criticism, public apathy, and political frustration; in 1999 construction officially began on what will arguably be the city's most visible and popular landmark. Other buildings discussed include Griffith Observatory, the Getty Center, Watts Towers, and Case Study House #22.

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A combination of social and architectural history, this volume profiles 13 of Los Angles's most identifiable structuresDfrom the San Fernando Rey Mission, the Watts Towers, and Griffith Observatory to ... Read full review

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