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  • Andromeda
    10 contributions
    Seeing Disney Hall was a priority for us when we visited LA, and it did not disappoint. It's a spectacular Frank Gehry building, with a concert hall that has superb acoustics. It is open to the public almost every day to come in and wander around, using their self-guided audio tours or not. There is a lovely peaceful garden off the third level if you just want to sit and veg out. We were lucky enough to get tickets to an LA Phil concert with Dudamel conducting so had the full experience.
    Written 7 May 2022
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  • AurMad
    Dallas, TX8 contributions
    I love Union Station in LA. It's centrally located and actually serves as a transportation hub as well as being close to everything downtown.
    I appreciate being able to reach Union Station from LAX on the Flyaway bus.
    The Amtrak lounge works well, too, despite the Covid issues which we're all having to accommodate.
    Written 13 September 2021
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  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, IA2,162 contributions
    If you like Blade Runner, you must see the Bradbury building. It was still closed when we were there. I looked through the window on the door and took a few photos. I will have to return when it is open. There are some posters in front of the building about Blade Runner and the history of the building. They need to be refurbished as they are in disrepair. Across the street is the Grand Central Market.
    Written 14 March 2022
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  • Dana Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA1,045 contributions
    Once the biggest building in Los Angeles, the City Hall building still inspires and still serves the great city of Los Angeles.
    Written 21 March 2022
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  • lilianasmith
    Brazil32 contributions
    A pleasant surprise, I found the exterior unattractive but the interior is overpowering. Great expressions of religious art in a magnificent environment.
    Written 17 June 2020
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  • alexisrachelletx
    Nashville, TN1,719 contributions
    The Eames House is a landmark of midcentury modern architecture. Built by Charles and Ray Eames (the original design was also worked on by Eero Saarinen), it's pretty stunning and yet designed to be constructed from "off-the-shelf" parts to make it an affordable design that could inspire designs for homes for everyday Americans. The most affordable way to experience the Eames House is to do an exterior self-guided tour. It's $10. That might not sound like much if you're used to interior, guided tours, but we still really enjoyed our visit. You can walk all the way around the house and studio for a 360-degree-view of the house and docents are there to answer any questions you might have. Because the bottom floor of the house and the studio has so much glass, you can see into several rooms of the house quite well. They ask that you don't take pictures into the interior through the glass because interior tours are how they fund-raise. Speaking of, if you're really a buff and willing to pay for the experience, you CAN tour the interior (prices are on their website). It was pricey for us, so we stuck with the exterior tour. Definitely right for us. We made a reservation online, but two guys who came in at the same time as us didn't make reservations and they were able to pay the docent and still do the exterior tour. It's a bit hard to find - definitely follow the instructions on the website. We parked on Corona del Mar and then walked back down the hill and then down a private alleyway (the only way to enter the property). If you enjoy architecture (especially mid-century American architecture), this house is worth a visit!
    Written 19 February 2020
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  • wireless_in_CA
    United States4,514 contributions
    First of all park along E 107 St versus Santa Ana Blvd. Its closer versus having to cut through the park (avoiding some sketchy people just hanging out) and walls were decorated versus the unfinished side facing the park. Street parking was limited so we only stayed for about 20 minutes. The structure was fenced in and still locked but at least the netting mentioned in earlier reviews were down so the towers were in full view. Due to COVID the completion date of Spring 2020 was long overdue but nowhere was there an updated sign when restoration would be completed. The towers was made by hand and was the singular focus by its creator Simon Rodia over 34 years. It looked like only concrete, rocks, seashells and tiles were used. He never finished it and deeded his property to his neighbor before moving to Northern California. While it would have been nice to go inside we settled for the outside views and read many of the posted signs which gave a lot of good information on the towers and Simon. It was truly amazing. Also a short walk away was the Watts Tower Art Center. It was closed but out in front was a statue of Simon and more art.
    Written 29 May 2021
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  • EMFredric
    Los Angeles, CA187 contributions
    I just recently saw "The Struts" and wow it was like stepping back in time - it hasn't changed and is still a great venue for music. The lines went fast, security was cool, no egotistical fuss and even the crowds once inside and the music started were great. With all the dancing that went on I was shocked by how so considerate people near me were by giving room and not overblocking my view (we were back midway).

    Acoustics great, the theatre itself could use some upgrades but it still looks great and with the dough they seem to raking in and the way music and the various entertainment industries are going probably don't want to invest a lot in the landmark.

    Struts were good, first time I had seem them, after hearing about them. I still say the lead singer is not comparable to Freddie Mercury in voice, showmanship or as an entertainer but he's good and they put on a more than decent show!

    Restrooms are a bit of a walk but even with a packed house the wait wasn't long and for women? That's nothing short of a miracle. I'll be back here for sure. Parking is convenient too.
    Written 7 July 2019
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  • ValuesGoodValue
    Osprey, FL95 contributions
    You can see this building from about anywhere in Hollywood, so you don’t really have to walk there unless you really want to.
    Written 21 February 2022
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  • DavidScorpioZen
    London, UK14 contributions
    Amazing building in a stunning location. Best of all was the great guided tour, not just informative but very entertaining too.
    Written 12 February 2020
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  • Colby S
    Irvine, CA1,030 contributions
    I dropped by last Saturday to check out this house for the first time and it is a brilliant work of modernist design! I forgot my tour guide’s name (tours are run by students from Cal Poly Pomona who own the building) but he was very passionate about the home and was full of details to share about the place and its history associated with legendary architect Richard Neutra.

    What I love about this home is just how much it takes advantage of the little space it has and maximizes efficiency throughout, including a foldable corner that connects the kitchen with the living room! There is a great sense of balance between manmade and natural elements and offers a comfortable lifestyle if ever I were to call this home (which is highly unlikely).

    What’s interesting is that this is the second home on the same property, the first version was built in the 30s and burned down in the 60s so this house is the current version built from 1964-1965. According to a few models the old house was a bit more strict and linear, while the current house is a bit more playful and experimental by comparison.

    Visiting this house has given me a new appreciation for Neutra’s work and I highly recommend this to everyone interested in architecture!

    Written 5 June 2019
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  • TeamWard
    Nottingham, UK4,895 contributions
    In downtown you can easily find and spend 15 mins relaxing in the charming California Plaza, nice area to stroll through.
    Written 24 December 2019
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  • Penny D
    1 contribution
    My great-grandfather was an elevator repairman. He was killed in the elevator shaft at Bullocks Wilshire in 1923, I believe. This was long before "lock out tag out", and he was crushed by the elevator car at the bottom of the shaft while he was working on it. My whole family knows about the death of my grandfather's father, but no one else seems to know about it. I searched the history on the building, and there's no mention of the tragedy anywhere, though I suppose Bullocks would not have wanted that info circulated given the high end nature of the store. I was able to find some haunted info surrounding the elevator shaft, but the "rumor" is that it's haunted by a little girl who fell from a doorway into the shaft. It's weird that the building haunt is taking place in the elevator shaft though. Though I'm guessing it's more my great-grandfather than a child.

    I wish someone would do a paranormal investigation there.
    Written 5 October 2021
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  • Pammy B
    379 contributions
    This is worth every dime you spend. I would recommend going at sunset, but anytime of the day is awesome. Pay the extra dollars for the slide! It is short but super fun! Grab a cocktail and don't miss out on the outdoor deck! The paparazzi photo is also super fun!

    When you are done ...walk across the street and take a gander at the Central library!
    Written 23 April 2019
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  • Cynthia-LAX
    Los Angeles, CA289 contributions
    This is a small Museum located in the El Pueblo de Los Angeles area of Downtown Los Angeles. Very informative pictures of the Italian immigrants and their bold successes in the “New World”. Museum staff very friendly and happy to answer questions. Well worth a stop.
    Written 5 October 2020
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