Iconic L.A.: Stories of LA’s Most Memorable Buildings

$29.95

Los Angeles is a city of instant recognition. Like characters in a movie, each of the thirteen landmarks of Iconic LA has played a role in an unfolding human drama complete with political intrigue, personal struggle, tragedy and triumph. Their stories are the story of a city in progress, an urban biography that tells a century’s worth of history.

Out of stock

Gloria Koenig

Gloria Koenig is a graduate of the UCLA. She was a senior writer and editor at UCLA in the Department of Communications where she contributed regularly to the University's publications. She has written a novel and a collection of short stories, two of which have won literary prizes. A television series on contemporary topics written and produced by Koenig aired on KCOP, Channel 13 in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in numerous local and national publications including the Los Angeles Times.

Description

Los Angeles is a city of instant recognition. The thirteen buildings of Iconic LA, identifiable the world over, demonstrate the personality and power of Los Angeles as a major metropolis. Their stories are the story of a city in progress, an urban biography that tells a century’s worth of history.

Like characters in a movie, each of these buildings has played a role in an unfolding human drama complete with intrigue, political struggle, tragedy and triumph. The architect of the Bradbury Building accepted the commission after consulting a Ouija board and was inspired by futuristic novel written in the late 1800’s. Ironically, the Bradbury received popular exposure in the 1984 futuristic-noir film, Bladerunner.

The Jetson-style LAX Theme Building provides an indelible image of one of the world’s busiest airports. On the surface it symbolizes a modern outlook but what is not so apparent is the poignant story of Paul Williams, one of Los Angeles most important African-American architects and his success in difficult social times.

Though Los Angeles is famous for its ‘stars,’ it has long denied the achievement of one of its foremost architectural celebrities: Frank Gehry. His Disney Concert Hall has suffered criticism, public apathy and political frustration. In 1999, construction finally began on what will arguably be the City’s most visible and popular landmarks.

From its dusty beginnings as a mission outpost and rail stop to its status as the ultimate urban laboratory, the climate, open land and the lack of entrenched tradition have always and will continue to contribute to the potential for innovation and invention in this land sometimes called Eden.

Description of book: A large format, hardcover, 9 x 11-1/2 lushly illustrated book with lively histories of 13 of LA’s most iconic buildings. More than striking urban landmarks, these buildings have become symbolic of the entire city of Los Angeles yet few people know the real stories behind them.  Buildings include the LAX theme building, City Hall, and Graumann’s Chinese.

Additional information

Dimensions 9 × 11 in
About

Hardcover, 120 pages, Foreword by Frank O. Gehry, This book is Out of Print

ISBN

1-890449-08-3

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Iconic L.A.: Stories of LA’s Most Memorable Buildings”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

812 Fremont, Suite 205, South Pasadena, CA 91030 626.460.8339 contact@balconypress.com
Orders can be placed online or by calling Balcony Press directly.