Construction and design play an integral role.
In the history and future of Los Angeles Transforming and reinventing the city’s landscape over time, architecture has repeatedly redefined The look of the city.
Here are some of Los Angeles’ most ambitious And iconic projects for their time.
The Bradbury Building was commissioned by mining and real estate millionaire Louis Bradbury in 1891 as a “vision of the future.”
Architect Sumner Hunt started the building’s design, which was later taken over and completed by George H. Wyman.
In the style of Renaissance Revival, it was made from Italian marble, brick, Mexican tile, glass and French wrought iron. The project’s original budget was estimated at $175,000, but it cost $500,000 by its completion in 1893.
The Bradbury remains the oldest in-use commercial building in downtown Los Angeles, still housing offices for marketing and media companies.
At 13 stories high, the Eastern Columbia held the prestige of being the tallest building in Los Angeles upon its construction in 1930.
Designed by architect Claud Beelman and it was commissioned by the Eastern Outfitting Co. and the Columbia Outfitting Co., the building took nine months to complete at a price tag of $1.25 million.
A unique retail experience for Angelinos at the time, the steel-reinforced concrete building covered with brilliant gold, blue and turquoise terracotta chevrons and zigzags is an icon of art deco architecture.
It’s still in use today as luxury loft condominiums.
Dubbed the last of the great train stations, Union Station is one of Los Angeles’ most popular examples of Mission Revival architecture.
Adorned with hand-painted mission tiles and terra cotta floors, Union Station is connected by a vast steel beam ceiling they are painted to look like wood.
The building, designed by John and Donald Parkinson, cost $11 million to build over 13 years.
At its completion, in 1939, 1 million people attended its opening, still in use by Angelenos today after a five-year renovation project ended in 2014, Union station services 100,000 commuters per day.
One of L.A.’s most recognizable constructions, the Theme Building at LAX International Airport, designed by Pereira and Luckman, is an icon of California’s Googie architecture style.
Completed in 1961 with a budget of $2.2 million, Pereira and Luckman designed the building to seemingly suspend a disc-shaped restaurant in mid-air.
The structure was built atop an 85-foot concrete core and reinforced using two crossed arches made of 900 tons of structural steel, effectively creating the vision of a space-age that still resonates today.
One of the most epic construction ventures in postmodern L.A. architecture is the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Commissioned by Lillian Disney in 1987, the concert hall became a massive project that defined architect Frank Gehry’s career.
Originally estimated to cost $50 million, the concert hall’s budget ultimately swelled to $265 million over its 16-year construction period. Made of structural steel, Douglas fir interior and a stainless-steel exterior that required aerospace technology to engineer, the Walt Disney Concert Hall instantly became one of L.A.’s most popular cultural attractions, which it remains to this day.