Pocket Guide to Los Angeles Architecture
Publication Date: April 2009
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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.
About the AuthorArchitectural 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.