8 great architectural wonders in Los Angeles.


Los Angeles is a relatively new and sprawling city. This means that there is a large canvas for architects of many styles to give the city its 3D stamp. Everyone from Eameses to Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry has helped make LA a brighter, better place to see. For lovers of architecture and the people who love it, there are some places you must see.

Check out a Google Maps list of some of the great architectural wonders in Los Angeles.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Designed by Spanish-born and Pritzker Prize-winning architect José Rafael Moneo, the post-modern Our Lady of Angeles does not really scream “house of worship”, let alone “cathedral”. The main feature is the large cross built into the façade. In fact, the 65,000 square meter cathedral in downtown LA – known by its acronym COLA – is one of the largest of its kind on the planet.

555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles

Eames’s case study house #8

The design team of husband and wife, Charles and Ray Eames, designed this Pacific Palisades house in 1949 and it is one of the most aesthetically pleasing examples of mid-century modern architecture in Southern California. It is a private home, but Eames fans (and people who live for self-confident “favors” on Instagram) are allowed to view and photograph the exterior of the house upon reservation through the Eames Foundation website.

203 Chautauqua Blvd., Pacific Palisades

Getty Center

It took 16,000 tons of travertine marble to build the shiny city of architect Richard Meier on a hill, but today it is a sensation: it houses the Getty’s most important art collection and offers an incredible view of Los Angeles.

1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles

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Steel House

The Steel House, designed by Pierre Koenig in the 1950s, is the largest example of mid-century modern architecture in Southern California. It set the paradigm for what a house in the Hollywood Hills should look like: windows reaching from floor to ceiling, a swimming pool, the house partly on stilts with a view of West Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles. The tours are a little more expensive – $35 to $90, depending on the time of day and the number of people in your group – but it is definitely worth taking a look inside this incredible house.

1635 Woods Dr., West Hollywood

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Sturges House

449 N. Skyewiay Rd., Los Angeles

Frank Lloyd Wright designed nine different buildings throughout Southern California. This one, a private home in Brentwood, is probably his most famous. This was Wright’s first departure from the textile log buildings he had designed in California and the emphasis on the natural elements of the structure to blend into the natural environment.

Building theme

One of the most iconic buildings in Southern California – also one of the first buildings that many visitors see – this masterpiece of the LAX jet age is part of the mid-century Googie movement in architecture and design. Completed in 1961, the building is reminiscent of the Mad Men era. Airport officials are considering reopening the restaurant and bar in the building, so you may soon be sipping a dirty martini again and watching the planes come and go.

201 World Way, Los Angeles

Walt Disney Concert Hall

The “Starchitect” Frank Gehry has lived in Los Angeles for decades and has his work scattered throughout the city. In fact, you could make a day (or two) of simply navigating through LA in search of the structures he has designed. This building, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA, is his most extravagant building in Southern California and emblematic of his later style. You don’t have to sit through a symphony performance to get a glimpse inside. The concert hall offers free, self-guided audio tours, narrated by actor John Lithgow.

111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

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The 17 towers – the tallest is 100 feet high – were designed by Italian-born Simon Rodia and built over three decades, beginning in the 1920s. They are made of metal and found objects such as broken glass


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