Pocket Guide to Los Angeles Architecture: (Pocket Guides)
As an architect living in Los Angeles, I found this guide to be a great resource to give to friends, colleagues and family members visiting Los Angeles and interested in the local architecture. I bought ten books a few weeks ago, and have handed out six already. I took one of the walking tours of downtown with friends and discovered things that I didn't know about buildings I have driven by for years. The building descriptions are concise and entertaining, the organization clear and simple, and the guidebook manages to break down Los Angeles into bite sized neighborhood pieces that are walkable and thoroughly enjoyable -- the best way to experience the city. This guidebook proves the point that when you walk in Los Angeles the city rewards you with wonderful stories and characters and historical detail, many of which are recounted in the building descriptions. There's a nice balance between famous buildings from the 1920's and 30's, classic Mid-Century Modern buildings and the most current, cutting-edge cultural buildings from the past few years. There are also nice drawings of each building and an architects' index, which was a great help to friends who were interested in the buildings of a certain architect, i.e. Rudolf Schindler or Frank Lloyd Wright.
All in all a great resource and handy guide to the best of LA's neighborhoods and architecture - greatly appreciated and recommended.