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13 Buildings That Tell LA's Architectural Story

2010-12-10-overhead_Trazzler.jpg   First Posted: 12/17/10 05:10 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

While LA's downtown lacks the kind of in-your-face skyscraping architectural monuments you'll find in towns like Chicago or NYC, a bit of urban spelunking (especially into residential neighborhoods and the surrounding burbopolis) reveals Southern California's storied architectural past. These 13 buildings range from a fast-food joint to an apartment building to the gleaming Gehry--and are just a point of departure. Tell us about your favorites!

The late architectural historian Reyner Banham called it “The house that really taught the world’s architecture lovers to come to Los Angeles.” The 1949 Eames House is a National Historic Landmark. But where is it? Make an advance appointment through the Eames Foundation and you, too, can visit the near-perfectly preserved Case Study House No. 8 that you know from countless books and photographs. Hiding in a quiet residential street and situated on modest park-like grounds, overhung with eucalyptus, Charles and Ray’s human-scaled house and studio exemplify that moment in modern architecture when mass-produced glass and steel seemed like the perfect postwar kit of parts for affordable housing. It remains a paragon of modest, sensible living.

By: GladysG | Photo: John Morse
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