Pocket Guide to Los Angeles Architecture

Overview

This guidebook organizes 100 architectural highlights into three walkable downtown tours and two side trips.
Sprawling Los Angeles may never be considered a walking city, but this concise handbook organizes one hundred must-see architectural highlights into three downtown walkable tours and two delightful side trips. It covers such classic sights as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Griffith Observatory; modernist landmarks such as the Schindler House; creative reuses such as ...

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Overview

This guidebook organizes 100 architectural highlights into three walkable downtown tours and two side trips.
Sprawling Los Angeles may never be considered a walking city, but this concise handbook organizes one hundred must-see architectural highlights into three downtown walkable tours and two delightful side trips. It covers such classic sights as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Griffith Observatory; modernist landmarks such as the Schindler House; creative reuses such as the hip Standard Hotel, once the Superior Oil Building; and the latest new public and cultural buildings, including Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Hall and Richard Meier’s Getty Center. Each entry summarizes the structure’s history and significance and is illustrated with original drawings that capture the essence of the place.

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Editorial Reviews

Michelle Jones - BookPage
“These are not bland guidebook entries; McBrien infuses a tiny bit of criticism into each, commenting on whether a building 'works,' referencing what once sat on the site, and mixing in literary, film (of course!) and other cultural references….McBrien makes it clear…Los Angeles has a lot to offer the visitor interested in architecture and urban renewal.”
Christian Science Monitor
“[O]utshines its competition.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393731903
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Series: Pocket Guides
  • Pages: 143
  • Sales rank: 1,201,336
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Architectural historian Judith Paine McBrien, author of the best-selling Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture, directs the Archimedia Workshop, which produces films and media about architecture, development, and urban design. She is the recipient of the Society of Architectural Historians 2013 Award for Excellence in Architectural Media for a lifetime of documentary and interpretive filmmaking, including her PBS film, Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City. She lives in Wilmette, Illinois.

John F. DeSalvo, illustrator of the Pocket Guides, is a registered architect. He previously worked in Berlin with Foster & Partners and Murphy/Jahn. Now based in Chicago, he is a practicing architect and teaches architectural design at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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