Iconic L A: Stories of L.A.'s Most Memorable Buildings

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  • ISBN-13: 9781883318680
  • Publisher: Angel City Pr
  • Publication date: 3/15/2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,382,769
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.52 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    Iconic L. A.: Stories of L.A.'s Most Memorable Buildings

    'Iconic LA' is not exactly the book its title and appearance might lead one to expect. It turns out to be more than just a splashy presentation of the cool, the weird and the kinky. What it is instead is a carefully focused look at 13 notable buildings spanning two centuries, well illustrated with pictures both current and historical, and topped off with succinct text sufficient to whet the appetite of Los Anglophiles and architectural historians alike. Koenig, a former editor and writer at the University of California at Los Angeles, has selected buildings that represent different eras and architectural types. Each project is broadly described and documented, and the photographs - many of them are rare - are sublime. Some surprises await the readers of this book; for example, how important a fixture on the Los Angeles architectural scene Lloyd Wright was, from the time he came to complete his father's Hollyhock House in 1920, to his seminal designs for the Hollywood Bowl, and on through the 1940s. A reader can also develop a new appreciation of how much Frank Gehry is a product of LA; it's probably for that reason that he was asked to supply the book's foreward. I have a growing bookshelf dedicated to Southern California, and 'Iconic LA' has an imprtant new place on it. It nestles comfortably next to Reyner Banham's 'Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies' and Charles Moore's 'Experiencing Los Angeles.' Its overview of immediately familiar structures and the insights they offer into the city's culture make 'Iconic LA' a good companion to these. In the book Frank Gehry says, 'LA is a city of instant recognition.' He's right, and 'Iconic LA' is where that recognition gets its due.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2001

    Iconic L. A.: Stories of L.A.'s Most Memorable Buildings

    If architecture is the stamp of a city's identity, then Gloria Koenig's 'Iconic LA: Stories of LA's Most Memorable Buildings' is proof that Los Angeles is more than a mass of shopping malls. In a city sometimes thought to be lacking in landmarks, it's surprising how recognizable the thirteen buildings included here are, and how much they have become a part of our collective consciousness. From the Art Deco Union Station to the futuristic Bradbury building, these structures suggest the growth and sensibility of the city - and, with a section on the under-construction Walt Disney Concert Hall, the city to come. The selections may be obvious, but Koenig provides the tales behind them: Aline Barnsdall's conflicts with Frank Lloyd Wright during the building of Hollyhock House; Sid Grauman's obsession with creating an authentic Chinese theater in Hollywood; and the struggles of Paul Williams, the African-American architect of the LAX Theme Building.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2000

    Iconic L. A.: Stories of L.A.'s Most Memorable Buildings

    James Dean had top billing in 'Rebel Without A Cause' but the Griffith Observatory, perched in the Hollywood Hills, was just as much a star. So are many of the 13 Los Angeles structures in this architectural greatest-hits compilation, many instantly recognizable from their own film appearances - the Bradbury Building, Grauman's Chinese Theater and the LAX Theme Building among them. Each is profiled here in concise chapters filled with archival and recent black-and-white photos and drawings. Gloria Koenig humanizes these famed structures with anecdote-filled stories that reveal the architects, political figures, tycoons and visionary (if sometimes smarmy) patrons behind them. She uncovers the construction struggles between public and private factions while honoring LA-defining architectural dynamos like Watts Towers builder Simon Rodia, Frank Lloyd Wright and Pierre Koenig (the author's husband) of Case Study House #22 fame. Frank Gehry is mentioned for his acoustical renovations to the Hollywood Bowl and his icon-in-the-making, the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Gehry also contributes the book's short foreword, inwhich he toasts his town's irresistible sense of 'freewheeling chaotic order,' a bright and pulsating energy perfectly captured by the buildings within.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2000

    Icons of our Lives

    From: Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter (SAH/SCC) News: This book wonderfully documents the history and character of Los Angeles through 13 architectural buildings over a course of a hundred years. Iconic LA: Stories of LA¿s Most Memorable Buildings tells the engaging story of a city that continues to progress despite political struggle and issues. Koenig¿s careful selection of projects illustrates the creativity and skills represented throughout the city. Some of the Los Angeles landmark buildings represented in the book are the Hollyhock House, Getty Center, Case Study House #22, Disney Concert Hall, and Grauman¿s Chinese Theatre. ¿This is a city of instant recognition, a collection of images disseminated by photographs and films that people have come to envision as laid-back Los Angeles, the place where movies are made and trends are tried out,¿ said architect Frank Gehry. Each of these projects reflects an aspect of our daily lives whether it is art, identity, or architecture.

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