Here is THE way to see Los Angeles? rich architectural heritage! L.A. is a ?riving?city, best seen from the car. Tour guide, author, and architectural historian Laura Massino Smith directs you on an unforgettable ride to uncover the city? exciting cultural past. You can efficiently visit dozens of L.A.? architectural marvels in a short amount of time. Maps and explicit driving directions help you navigate roads, while detailed descriptions of tour sites provide each building? history, and 96 color photographs are included to help you identify more than 90 sites.
HOLLYWOOD! Home of movies, celebrities, glamour?nd over a century of absolutely remarkable architecture. On this tour you?l visit sites that span the city? intriguing history ?including a barn from Hollywood? humble beginnings as a bucolic retreat; original Victorian homes built at the turn of the 20th century; glamorous hotels and theaters from the Hollywood cinema? early days; and innovative designs by famed architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner, and Frank Gehry. The Hollywood Walk of Fame, the infamous Knickerbocker Hotel, the Hollyhock House, and the Egyptian and Chinese theaters are included alongside more obscure, yet fascinating, sites. History buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and L.A. visitors all will love these unique and fascinating tours, which offer the best way to see diverse architecture in L.A.
Laura Massino Smith is an architectural historian from L.A.. She is a member of the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.