Architecture in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is surprisingly rich with architectural landmarks. The downtown Los Angeles Central Library is one of many cool Art Deco sites in the Los Angeles area; more are listed in this L.A. Art Deco guide.

Famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright had an office here and designed a number of buildings in the area. Prominent examples include textile block houses and the 1952 Anderton Court Shops on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills (the shops have been sub-divided). The Mayan-style Hollyhock House is notable as tours of the inside occur on a regular basis.

In additional to Wright, Los Angeles attracted many of the great Modernist architects and remains home to important Modern residences. Many of these historic buildings are occupied and thus hard to visit. Exceptions include the Schindler House on Kings Road (now run as a museum space) and the Eames House (where the grounds at least are widely accessible).

The grand old Los Angeles movie theaters with their over-the-top styling make good architectural destinations. Check out this L.A. historic theater guide for locations.

This general Southland architectural guide lists many more interesting buildings, including work by Frank Gehry.

Hollyhock House

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4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Barnsdall Park

Art house... read more

Union Station

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800 N. Alameda St
At Cesar E. Chavez Ave

Last Grand Railroad Terminal... read more

L.A. Central Library

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630 W. 5th St
Between Flower St. and Grand Ave

A Literary Treasure... read more

Griffith Observatory

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2800 E. Observatory Rd
In Griffith Park, at the end of Vermont Ave

Panoramic Views & Planetarium Shows... read more

Historic Theater District

Along Broadway between 3rd and 9th streets

A strip of downtown theaters... read more

The Bradbury Building

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304 S. Broadway
At 3rd St

Futuristic Victorian Interiors... read more

Eames House

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203 Chautauqua Boulevard

Accessible Case Study House... read more

Schindler House/MAK Center

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835 N. Kings Rd
North of Melrose Ave, West Hollywood

Innovative Desert Camp Design... read more

Eastern Columbia Building

849 S. Broadway

Grand Art Deco building in turquoise... read more


9331 Venice Boulevard

Center for Land Use Interpretation... read more
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