I have a confession - I love Los Angeles architecture. It’s so often derided for being derivative, fake, cheap, and showy, which is a massive and inaccurate generalization. Los Angeles was and is a center of architectural modernism, and the arts and crafts movement.
Los Angeles architecture is eclectic. We have the elegant, over-the-top theaters and mansions of movie moguls in the 30s and the clean, spare midcentury modern houses of California businessmen of the 60s blocks away from the steep gables of the turn of the century and even older Spanish haciendas.
Yes, there’s still a lot of bad architecture here. And a fair amount of really truly unutterably terrible architecture. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore the good stuff. In that spirit, here are some art deco gems from around the city.