While Los Angeles is still a young city when compared to places like, say, Rome, it still boasts a unique architectural tradition that spans a number of different styles. Perhaps best known is Frank Gehry’s flower-like, stainless steel-clad Walt Disney Concert Hall, an über-contemporary landmark in the heart of downtown that’s home to the L.A. Philharmonic (tours offered most days).
In stately Pasadena, visit an Arts & Craft era masterpiece, Charles and Henry Greene’s 1908 Gamble House. Frank Lloyd Wright designed several important houses in the area, including the Mayan-influenced Hollyhock House in L.A.’s Barnsdall Art Park. Want more? Docent-led tours offered by the Los Angeles Conservancy visit such standouts as historic movie palaces downtown, Art Deco stunners, and Union Station, the 1939 Streamline Moderne masterpiece.
Hear more about mid-century modernism in California in an episode of the California Now Podcast.