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Architectural Highlights of the Southland

Destination(s): Beverly Hills

Los Angeles is a treasure trove of both Art Deco and Modern architecture. Many Art Deco buildings are located either downtown and in the Mid-Wilshire district; this Art Deco guide covers more sites in this architectural mode.

In terms of the Modern movement, Los Angeles is ground zero for residential architecture of this type. There are a number of Frank Lloyd Wright residences. Schindler and Neutra were based here for many years and had clients on the area. The later generations of Modernist residential architects are well-represented as well, including Craig Ellwood, John Lautner, and Gregory Ain, The trick is finding what you want to see in the massive Los Angeles area.

Day 1 -- Downtown vicinity
Day 2 -- Hollywood/Silverlake
Day 3 -- Mid-Wilshire
Day 4 -- Westside
Day 5 -- Eastside
Day 6 -- Miscellaneous read more about Architectural Highlights of the Southland

Union Station

Union Station

  • 800 N. Alameda St
  • At Cesar E. Chavez Ave
  • tel:+1 800 266 6883
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Hollyhock House

Hollyhock House

  • 4800 Hollywood Boulevard
  • Barnsdall Park
  • tel:+1 323 644 6269
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90027
The Wiltern

The Wiltern

  • 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  • Off California St, Burbank
  • tel:213/388-1400
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90010
O'Neill House

O'Neill House

  • 507 North Rodeo Drive
  • Los Angeles County
  • tel:+1 213 624 7300 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
El Alisal

El Alisal

  • 200 E. Ave. 43
  • Highland Park
  • tel:323/222-0546
  • Visit website
  • Highland Park, 90031
Watts Towers & Art Center

Watts Towers & Art Center

  • 1727 E. 107th St
  • Watts
  • tel:213/847-4646
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90002
Avila Adobe

Avila Adobe

  • 10 East Olvera Street
  • tel:+1 213 680 2525
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Ennis-Brown House

Ennis-Brown House

  • 2607 Glendower Avenue
  • tel:6264054842
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90027
Bullocks Wilshire Building

Bullocks Wilshire Building

  • 3050 Wilshire Boulevard
  • tel:+1 213 738 6700
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90010
Spadena House

Spadena House

  • 516 Walden Drive
  • tel:+1 213 624 7300 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
The Gamble House

The Gamble House

  • 4 Westmoreland Place
  • In the 300 block of N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena
  • tel:626/793-3334
  • Visit website
  • Pasadena, 91105
Mission San Fernando

Mission San Fernando

  • 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd
  • Mission Hills
  • tel:818/361-0186
  • Visit website
  • Mission Hills, 91345
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall

  • 111 S. Grand Ave
  • At 1st St
  • tel:323/850-2000
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90071
Freeman House

Freeman House

  • 1962 Glencoe Way
  • Off Hillcrest Rd, near Highland and Franklin Aves
  • tel:323/851-0671
  • Los Angeles, 90028
Getty House

Getty House

  • 605 South Irving Boulevard
  • tel:+1 323 467 6412 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90005
Anderton Court

Anderton Court

  • 328 North Rodeo Drive
  • tel:+1 213 624 7300(Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel

Mission San Gabriel Arcangel

  • 428 S. Mission Dr
  • San Gabriel (15 min. south of Pasadena)
  • tel:626/457-3048
  • Visit website
  • San Gabriel, 91776
Crystal Cathedral

Crystal Cathedral

  • 12141 Lewis Street
  • tel:(714) 971-4000,(714) 971-4138,(714) 971-4013
  • Visit website
  • Garden Grove, 92840

This glass and steel behemoth is hard to miss. The glittering structure houses the Crystal Cathedral Ministries, a church which was started in 1955 and first met at the Orange Drive-In Movie Theater. This ministry is especially well known for their "Glory of Easter" and "Glory of Christmas" specials, when they go to the extremes (loads of wild animals, humans suspended from wires, AV spectacularness) to have a real honest-to-goodness religious celebration. During the year free tours are available and the gift shop here is fully stocked. Be sure to check out the drive-in section of the parking lot where you can attend services from the comfort of your automobile.
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City Hall

City Hall

  • 200 N. Spring St
  • Between 1st and Temple Sts
  • tel:213/485-2121
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

  • 2800 E. Observatory Rd
  • In Griffith Park, at the end of Vermont Ave
  • tel:213/473-0800
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90027
Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano

  • 31414 El Camino Real
  • Ortega Hwy. (Calif. 74), San Juan Capistrano
  • tel:+1 949 234 1300
  • Visit website
  • San Juan Capistrano, 92675
The Bradbury Building

The Bradbury Building

  • 304 S. Broadway
  • At 3rd St
  • tel:213/626-1893
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90071
Capitol Records Building

Capitol Records Building

  • 1750 Vine St
  • Just north of Hollywood Blvd
  • tel:323/462-6252
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90028
L.A. Central Library

L.A. Central Library

  • 630 W. 5th St
  • Between Flower St. and Grand Ave
  • tel:213/228-7168
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90071
Chiat-Day Building

Chiat-Day Building

  • 340 Main Street
  • tel:+1 323 467 6412 (Visitor Information Center)
  • Visit website
  • Los Anegeles, 90291
Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

  • 404 S Figueroa St
  • Between 4th and 5th Sts
  • tel:+1 213 624 1000
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90071
Continental Building

Continental Building

  • Corner of 4th and Spring Streets
  • tel:+1 213 624 7300 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90013
First Interstate World Center

First Interstate World Center

  • 633 West 5th Street
  • tel:+1 213 689 8822 (Downtown L.A. Visitor Information Center)
  • Los Angeles, 90071
Doheny Mansion and Chester Place

Doheny Mansion and Chester Place

  • 10 Chester Place
  • Mount St. Mary's College
  • tel:+1 213 477 2962
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90007
Schindler House/MAK Center

Schindler House/MAK Center

  • 835 N. Kings Rd
  • North of Melrose Ave, West Hollywood
  • tel:323/651-1510
  • Visit website
  • West Hollywood, 90069
Eames House

Eames House

  • 203 Chautauqua Boulevard
  • tel:(310) 459-9663
  • Visit website
  • Pacific Palisades, 90272

The Eames house (Case Study House #8) was built as part of the Case Study House program sponsored by John Entenza's Arts and Architecture magazine. It was designed by Eero Saarinen in collaboration with the preeminent designers Charles and Ray Eames. The Case Study Houses were hugely influential on mid-century modern residential architecture; the Eames House is considered a fine specimen. The houses in this program used new building materials (often meaning steel beams) and utilized news way of organizing residential space. The grounds of this beautiful and striking house are accessible to the public. This site has been also used as a backdrop for a whole host of photo shoots over the years... the building is a star on its own at this point.
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