An Arch Guidebook to Los Angeles

An Arch Guidebook to Los Angeles

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An Arch Guidebook to Los Angeles by Robert Winter, David Gebhard

Known as "the bible" to Los Angeles architecture scholars and enthusiasts, Robert Winter and David Gebhard's groundbreaking guide to architecture in the greater Los Angeles area is updated and revised once again. From Art Deco to Beaux-Arts, Spanish Colonial to Mission Revival, Winter discusses an impressive variety of architectural styles in this popular guide that he co-authored with the late David Gebhard. New buildings and sites have been added, along with all new photography. Considered the most thorough L.A. architecture guide ever written, this new edition features the best of the past and present, from Charles and Henry Greene's Gamble House to Frank Gehry's Disney Philharmonic Hall. This was, and is again, a must-have guide to a diverse and architecturally rich area.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586853082
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 09/24/2003
Edition description: Revised and updated
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.32(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert Winter is a recognized architectural historian who lives in Los Angeles, and has led architectural tours through the Los Angeles area since 1965. He is a professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles

Noted architectural historian David Gebhard taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and has been published extensively on American and European architecture.
Among his publications are The Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, revised edition, 2003) and The National Trust Guide to Art Deco in America (John Wiley, 1996).

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Malibu Beach did not begin its development until 1929, when the Pacific Coast Highway was finally pushed through the Rindge Ranch. After that, Malibu became a fashionable place to have a beach house. The hilly coastland of the West remained basically rural until the 1960s. Increasingly in recent years, the area between the highway and the beach is being filled with numerous large-scale houses. In the 1960s and early 1970s, most of these houses were loosely Modern in imagery, but in recent years historicism (usually grossly misunderstood) ranging from the Medieval to the Spanish Revival has prevailed. The land adjacent to the highway is slowly being condominiumized, with disappointing versions of varied architectural styles. In the early 1990s, Malibu was incorporated as an independent city. It will be interesting to see how it develops its own personality in the years to come.

Malibu continues to acquire houses of distinguished design, but the colony is a private, well-guarded world and is not open to the public.

1. Sagheb House, 1990

John Lautner

32402 Pacific Coast Highway

Since the 1960s, John Lautner has designed a number of houses on the Malibu coast. Most of these are of reinforced concrete in a highly organic (and unusual) form. Unfortunately, these houses are not easy to see from the road, but at low tide, an adventuresome person wandering along the beach can catch an occasional glimpse of them. Other Lautner houses in the Malibu area are the Krause House (1983) at 24444 Malibu Road, and the Segel House (1983) at 22426 Pacific Coast Highway.

Table of Contents





Los Angeles

A Brief History of Los Angeles Architecture

Historic Preservation in Los Angeles


Landscape Architecture

Area Reference Maps

1. Malibu

2. Pacific Palisades, North

3. Pacific Palisades, South

4. Santa Monica, North

5. Santa Monica, South; Ocean Park

6. Venice; Marina Del Rey

7. Los Angeles International Airport

8. South Beach Area

9. Palos Verdes, North

10. Palos Verdes, South

11. Santa Catalina Island

12. San Pedro

13. Wilmington

14. Torrance

15. Long Beach, Downtown and West

16. Long Beach, East; Naples; and Seal Beach

17. Long Beach, North

18. Inglewood; Hawthorne

19. Gardena

20. Baldwin Hills; Culver City

21. Brentwood

22. Bel Air

23. Westwood, West

24. Westwood, South and East

25. UCLA

26. Beverly Hills, North

27. Beverly Hills, South

28. Century City

29. Carthay Circle

30. South Carthay

31. West Hollywood

32. Central Hollywood

33. Hollywood Hills

34. East Hollywood; Los Feliz; Griffith Park

35. Silver Lake

36. Angelino Heights; Echo Park; Elysian Park

37. Wilshire Boulevard District; Hancock Park

38. MacArthur Park, West

39. MacArthur Park, North

40. MacArthur Park, East

41. Downtown

42. Downtown, Civic Center

43. Downtown, Plaza and Northeast

44. Downtown, South

45. Boyle Heights

46. Exposition Park, West; Leimert Park

47. Exposition Park, East

48. University of Southern California

49. Vernon; Commerce; Huntington Park; South Gate; Bell; Maywood; Watts

50. Highland Park

51. Mount Washington

52. Eagle Rock

53. Lincoln Heights

54. Alhambra

55. Montebello; Pico Rivera

56. Whittier

57. Santa Fe Springs

58. Downey

59. Norwalk

60. Artesia

61. San Fernando Valley

62. Glendale

63. Burbank

64. Universal City

65. North Hollywood

66. Toluca Lake

67. Studio City

68. Sherman Oaks

69. Encino

70. Tarzana; Woodland Hills

71. Calabasas

72. Highway 101 West

73. Simi Valley; Westlake Village

74. Canoga Park

75. Chatsworth

76. Northridge

77. Granada Hills; Mission Hills

78. Van Nuys; Panorama City; Sepulveda

79. Mission San Fernando Rey de España

80. San Fernando

81. Newhall; Saugus; Valencia

82. Palmdale; Lancaster

83. La Crescenta Valley

84. Tujunga

85. La Crescenta

86. La Cañada-Flintridge

87. Route 66-San Gabriel Valley

88. Pasadena

89. Upper Arroyo Seco

90. Lower Arroyo Seco, North

91. Lower Arroyo Seco, South

92. Oak Knoll

93. Pasadena, Central Business District

94. East Pasadena

95. North Pasadena

96. Altadena

97. South Pasadena, Central Section

98. San Marino

99. San Gabriel

100. Sierra Madre

101. Arcadia

102. Monrovia

103. Duarte

104. Bradbury

105. Azuza

106. Glendora

107. San Dimas

108. La Verne

109. Temple City; El Monte;

110. Covina; West Covina; Irwindale; Glendora

111. Industry; La Puente

112. Pomona

113. Diamond Bar

114. Claremont



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An Arch Guidebook to Los Angeles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
edougw More than 1 year ago
I made this purchase in anticipation of an employment opportunity with the City of Santa Barbara, where David Gebhard is revered posthumously as an architectural saint.  This revised edition contains updated listings of the more prominent and lesser known architectural  gems of Los Angeles and provides concise, albeit thumbnail sketches in an easy to find format.  A must have for the casual architectural buff,; I find it helpful as a reference piece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago