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The Coolest Buildings In Los Angeles

August 22, 2010 9:08 AM

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It may be about architecture, how it changes the neighborhood or the lasting cultural impact but these buildings will make you look twice.
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The Getty Villa (credit: http://www.getty.edu)


The Getty Villa

The Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA

Machado and Silvetti Assocites (http://www.machado-silvetti.com) transformed Jean Paul Getty’s residence into the material-for-material replica of the Villa dei Papiri, a first-century country house in Pompei. Packed full of Greek and Roman antiquities and art from his private collection, it’s the gardens that will leave you speechless.

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Disney Hall (credit: http://www.disneyhall.com)


Walt Disney Concert Hall

135 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Frank Gehry designed this 11-acre Music Center Campus including the concert hall, which is often referred to as an acoustic feat. Completed in 2003, the soft curves of the stainless steel façade that end in sharp, unexpected angles multiply across Grand Avenue to create a building that’s been called the city’s “crown jewel.”

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Watts Towers Arts Center (credit: http://www.culturela.org)


Watts Towers Arts Center

1727 E 107th St
Los Angeles, CA 90002
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Working alone after his day job, Italian immigrant Simon Rodia spent 33 years using tile setters tools to build this monumental work of art decorated with seashells, fragments of broken dishes and bottles. The three towers are 55, 97 and 99 feet tall respectively and were assembled without bolts or welding.

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The Capitol Records Building (credit: http://www.hollywoodandvine.com)


Capitol Records Building

1748 Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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The 13-story tower, designed by Welton Becket, was the world’s first circular office building and the blinking light on top spells out Hollywood in Morse code. Completed in 1956, it looks like something out of a Jetson’s cartoon – or a stack of 45s depending on your age.

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Union Station (photo credit: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)


Union Station

800 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Opened in 1939 and known as the last of the great railway stations built in the United States. Designed by father and son team John and Donald B. Parkinson, it’s an Art Deco masterpiece that makes you feel as if you’re on a movie set.

Bradbury Building

304 South Broadway (3rd and Broadway)

If you saw the movies 500 Days of Summer or Blade Runner, you saw this building which was draftsmen George Wyman’s vision of what a building would look like in 2000 built in 1892. Although it’s nothing special from the outside, inside, you won’t forget the caged elevators, surrounding wrought-iron grillwork or the polished wood in the center court that reflects the overhead skylight.

Kim Kuhteubl is obsessed with lamps, chandeliers and the “guts” of buildings. For more visit www.bykimk.com or follow her on Twitter @byKimK.

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