Architecture Tours L.A

by | 23. Aug 2012


The best way to see an eclectic mix of architectural styles in the area.


Pasadena is the latest book in architectural historian, tour guide, and author Laura Massino Smith’s series of “Architecture Tours L.A” Guidebooks. The books documents significant architectural sites providing practical, street-by-street directions and maps for visiting each site by car. Color photographs helps to identify the sites.

The city of Pasadena is rich in history and significant architecture, featuring 9 landmark districts and over 3,500 designated historic sites.

From brightly painted Victorian buildings to many Arts & Crafts (Craftsman) style homes, including the work of architects Greene & Greene, Alfred and Arthur Heineman, Louis Easton, and more. See the mansions of “Millionaire’s Row”, Art Deco masterpieces, and Spanish Colonial, Mediterranean, American Colonial, French Provincial, and English Tudor revival styles.

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Some of the oldest and some of the newest architecture in the city’s most architecturally diverse area. Styles ranging from Victorian, Renaissance Revival, and European Beaux-Arts to Art Deco and Post-modern are represented in Downtown. Visit the new Walt Disney Concert Hall and the new Cathedral, then travel into Little Tokyo and Chinatown, the Historic Theater District, and the first suburb of Los Angeles featuring magnificent Victorian homes from the 1880s.

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Hancock Park
Hancock Park and Miracle Mile areas of L.A. boasts an eclectic mix of architectural styles. Starting in Koreatown at the Post-Modern “Chicken Shack,” through the grand neighborhoods of Windsor Square and Hancock Park, to the Miracle Mile with its concentration of early-twentieth century buildings. Among popular Revival styles, you’ll see Arts & Crafts, Streamline Moderne and Art Deco, Victorian, Programmatic, and Deconstructivist. Notable buildings designed by important architects Irving Gill, Wallace Neff, Gregory Ain, Rudolf M. Schindler, Scott Johnson, John and Donald Parkinson, Morgan, Walls and Clements, and more.

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Silver Lake
Just five miles northwest of Los Angeles, Silver Lake was home to a number of movie studios including the first official Disney Studio. Visit houses by Modernist architects Richard Neutra, Rudolf M. Schindler, Gregory Ain, John Lautner, and Lloyd Wright (Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr.), among others. In addition to a concentration of “Mid-century Modern” architecture, you’ll see popular Spanish Colonial Revival and Spanish Mediterranean architecture, French Normandy, English Tudor, Gothic, and Post-modern styles.

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Home of movies, celebrities, glamour and over a century of absolutely remarkable architecture. This tour span the city’s intriguing history including a barn from Hollywood’s humble beginnings as a bucolic retreat; original Victorian homes built at the turn of the 20th century; glamorous hotels and theaters from the Hollywood cinema’s early days; and innovative designs by famed architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner, and Frank Gehry.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame, the infamous Knickerbocker Hotel, the Hollyhock House, and the Egyptian and Chinese theaters are included alongside more obscure, yet fascinating, sites.

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Beverly Hills and West Hollywood
More than lavish homes and playgrounds for celebrities and millionaires, these cities boast a rich tapestry of diverse and exciting architecture.
Santa Monica Blvd, Rodeo Drive, and the Sunset Strip. From the Argyle Hotel, L.A.’s best-known example of Art Deco architecture, to the Beverly Hills Hotel, built in the Spanish Mission style, the jet-age Union 76 gas station, Southern California’s only Art Nouveau building, to examples of English Tudor, French Provincial, Storybook, Streamline Moderne, and Islamic-inspired architecture, as well as buildings designed by architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Meier, and Frank Gehry.

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