Los Angeles Art Deco & Moderne Buildings Photos

LA was the American epicenter for these two styles which sometimes merge. Art Deco tends to have zigzag, square or octagonal hard edges. Moderne tends to round the corners & curve its glass & appears streamlined.

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Detail of top of Los Angeles City Hall. Los Angeles, CA.Los Angeles City Hall. Los Angeles, CA.Los Angeles City Hall from distance. Los Angeles, CA.Title Guarantee or Guarantee Trust Building. Los Angeles, CA.
Detail of top of Los Angeles City Hall. Los Angeles, CA.Los Angeles City Hall (1926-28) (South Spring at West Temple Streets, southeast corner). Los Angeles, CA. Style: Art Deco. Architect: John C. Austin, John Parkinson, Donald B. Parkinson, Albert C. Martin.Los Angeles City Hall from distance. Los Angeles, CA.Title Guarantee or Guarantee Trust Building (1929-31). Los Angeles, CA. Style: Art Deco. Architect: John & Donald Parkinson.
Zigzag top details of Guarantee Trust Building. Los Angeles, CA.Southern California Edison Building. Los Angeles, CA.One Bunker Hill Art Deco reliefs showing energy over portal. Los Angeles, CA.Art Deco details of One Bunker Hill. Los Angeles, CA.
Zigzag top details of Guarantee Trust Building. Los Angeles, CA.Southern California Edison Building (now One Bunker Hill) (1930-1) (14 floors) (601 West Fifth St.). Los Angeles, CA. Style: Art Deco. Architect: Austin Whittlesey of Allison & Allison.One Bunker Hill Art Deco reliefs showing energy over portal. Los Angeles, CA.Art Deco details of One Bunker Hill. Los Angeles, CA.
Art Deco reliefs of water power on One Bunker Hill. Los Angeles, CA.Tiled pyramid atop Los Angeles Public Library. Los Angeles, CA.Los Angeles Public Library. Los Angeles, CA.Art Deco reliefs of Los Angeles Public Library featuring philosophy & poetry. Los Angeles, CA.
Art Deco reliefs of water power on One Bunker Hill. Los Angeles, CA.Tiled pyramid atop Los Angeles Public Library (1922-6) (5th at Flower Streets). Los Angeles, CA. Architect: Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue & Carleton M. Winslow. On National Register.Los Angeles Public Library. Los Angeles, CA.Art Deco reliefs of Los Angeles Public Library featuring philosophy & poetry. Los Angeles, CA.
Iron fence with literary themes of Los Angeles Public Library. Los Angeles, CA.Tower Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Eastern Columbia Building with turquoise terra-cotta. Los Angeles, CA.Art Deco top of Eastern Columbia Building. Los Angeles, CA.
Iron fence with literary themes of Los Angeles Public Library. Los Angeles, CA.Tower Theater (1925-6) (Broadway at 8th). Los Angeles, CA. Style: Art Deco. Architect: S. Charles Lee.Eastern Columbia Building (1929) (13 floors) (849 South Broadway) with turquoise terra-cotta. Los Angeles, CA. Style: Art Deco. Architect: Claude Beelman.Art Deco top of Eastern Columbia Building. Los Angeles, CA.
Art Deco panels of Eastern Columbia Building. Los Angeles, CA.Art Deco detail of Eastern Columbia Building. Los Angeles, CA.Sunburst over main door of Eastern Columbia Building. Los Angeles, CA.Portal sunburst of Eastern Columbia Building. Los Angeles, CA.
Art Deco panels of Eastern Columbia Building. Los Angeles, CA.Art Deco detail of Eastern Columbia Building. Los Angeles, CA.Sunburst over main door of Eastern Columbia Building. Los Angeles, CA.Portal sunburst of Eastern Columbia Building. Los Angeles, CA.
Art Deco panel detail of Eastern Columbia Building. Los Angeles, CA.Eastern Columbia plus 9th & Broadway Buildings. Los Angeles, CA.Metalwork over portal of 9th & Broadway Building. Los Angeles, CA.Art Deco entrance of 9th & Broadway Building. Los Angeles, CA.
Art Deco panel detail of Eastern Columbia Building. Los Angeles, CA.Eastern Columbia plus 9th & Broadway Buildings. Los Angeles, CA.Metalwork over portal of 9th & Broadway Building (1929) (13 floors) (850 South Broadway). Los Angeles, CA. Style: Art Deco. Architect: Claude Beelman.Art Deco entrance of 9th & Broadway Building. Los Angeles, CA.
Window detail of 9th & Broadway Building. Los Angeles, CA.Art Deco panel detail of 9th & Broadway Building. Los Angeles, CA.Terra-cotta panel on 9th & Broadway Building. Los Angeles, CA.Texaco / United Artists Theater Building. Los Angeles, CA.
Window detail of 9th & Broadway Building. Los Angeles, CA.Art Deco panel detail of 9th & Broadway Building. Los Angeles, CA.Terra-cotta panel on 9th & Broadway Building. Los Angeles, CA.Texaco / United Artists Theater Building (1927) (13 floors) (929 South Broadway). Los Angeles, CA. Style: Art Deco & Spanish Revival. Architect: Walker & Eisen plus Charles Howard Crane.
Former United Artists Theater entrance. Los Angeles, CA.Carved face above United Artists Theater entrance. Los Angeles, CA.Row of carved figures on United Artists Theater facade. Los Angeles, CA.Sculpted woman holding globe on United Artists Theater facade. Los Angeles, CA.
Former United Artists Theater entrance. Los Angeles, CA.Carved face above United Artists Theater entrance. Los Angeles, CA.Row of carved figures on United Artists Theater facade. Los Angeles, CA.Sculpted woman holding globe on United Artists Theater facade. Los Angeles, CA.
Contrasting United Artists Theater Spanish revival & Art Deco detail of neighboring building. Los Angeles, CA.Garfield Building. Los Angeles, CA.Federal Building & Post Office now US Federal Courthouse. Los Angeles, CA.Times-Mirror Building. Los Angeles, CA.
Contrasting United Artists Theater Spanish revival & Art Deco detail of neighboring building. Los Angeles, CA.Garfield Building (1928-30) (13 floors) (403 West 8th St.). Los Angeles, CA. Style: Art Deco. Architect: Claude Beelman. On National Register.Federal Building & Post Office now US Federal Courthouse (1938-40) (South Spring at West Temple Streets, northeast corner). Los Angeles, CA. Style: Moderne. Architect: Louis A. Simon, Gilbert Stanley Underwood.Times-Mirror Building (1931-5) (South Spring at West 1st Streets, southwest corner). Los Angeles, CA. Style: PWA Moderne. Architect: Gordon B. Kaufmann.
Times-Mirror Building detail of carved eagle to equal rights & true industrial freedom. Los Angeles, CA.Times-Mirror Building detail of clock & moderne carvings. Los Angeles, CA.Times-Mirror Building detail of knight slaying dragon carved by Gage. Los Angeles, CA.Times-Mirror Building detail of printer holding the torch of truth as carved by Gage. Los Angeles, CA.
Times-Mirror Building detail of carved eagle to equal rights & true industrial freedom. Los Angeles, CA.Times-Mirror Building detail of clock & moderne carvings. Los Angeles, CA.Times-Mirror Building detail of knight slaying dragon carved by Gage. Los Angeles, CA.Times-Mirror Building detail of printer holding the torch of truth as carved by Gage. Los Angeles, CA.
Pacific Coast Stock Exchange with sculptures by Salvatore Cartaino Scarpitta. Los Angeles, CA.Bullocks Wilshire Department Store Building. Los Angeles, CA.Moderne portal of Bullocks Wilshire Department Store. Los Angeles, CA.
Pacific Coast Stock Exchange (1929-30) (618 South Spring St.) with sculptures by Salvatore Cartaino Scarpitta. Los Angeles, CA. Style: PWA Moderne. Architect: Samuel E. Lunden plus John Parkinson & Donald B. Parkinson.Bullocks Wilshire Department Store Building (1928) (3050 Wilshire Blvd.). Los Angeles, CA. Style: Moderne. Architect: John Parkinson, Donald B. Parkinson, Feil & Paradice.Moderne portal of Bullocks Wilshire Department Store. Los Angeles, CA.

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