The 5 most iconic structures in Los Angeles
1) Hollywood Sign
Is it fitting that the most famous symbol of our fair city originated as an ad for a real estate development? Whatever the case, the sign, which originally read ‘Hollywoodland’, has been beckoning visitors since 1923. For the best view with the least amount of hiking, go to Lake Hollywood Park.
2) Grauman's Chinese Theatre (TCL Chinese Theatres)
Okay, you’ve got to see the handprints cemented in the famous Forecourt of the Stars but how to do so with the least amount of disgust at the crazy crowds? Take the metro (Hollywood/ Highland station) so you don’t have to deal with parking.
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3) Theme Building at LAX
This space-age icon is sadly not open to the public but Angelenos are holding our breath for this to change because this beautiful building is by far the best part of LAX. Opened in 1961 and designed by the prestigious firm Pereira and Luckman, this mid-century masterpiece once housed a fine-dining restaurant.
4) Bradbury Building
Built in 1893, this landmark building is the oldest commercial building in the central city and is instantly recognizable to anyone who’s seen Blade Runner, provided you go inside. There, the fivestory central courtyard is flooded with natural light from the ceiling skylight, and the elaborate wrought iron and birdcage elevators are breathtaking.
5) Watts Towers
Though less well known than other iconic LA structures, this dream-like complex of spiraling steel towers covered with mortar and hand-tiled mosaics captures the visionary spirit of the city. Built by Simon Rodia from 1921 until 1955, the towers remain a testament to the power of imagination and the persistence of vision.
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