Downtown Los Angeles: Beautiful Architecture and Historic- Cultural Monuments

Downtown Los Angeles has some of the most beautiful architecture I’ve seen. I swear every district has buildings that have such eye-catching detail. The different styles of architecture in Downtown Los Angeles are really breath-taking and I highly recommend walking around and taking a look for yourself. And if you aren’t going to be in DTLA any time soon, why not take a stroll thru your downtown and explore the architecture? ūüôā¬†
Below are some of my favorite buildings in Downtown LA. Some are Historic-Cultural Monuments!

Above: Angels Flight¬†is a funicular railway. Funicular basically means that it’s a little tram that goes up a steep slope. It opened in 1901 and was designated a Historic Monument of LA on August 6, 1962.¬†
Location: Hill Street and 3rd Street.

Above: Eastern Columbia Building¬†was built in 1930s. YES, it’s ART DECO!¬†It¬†stands out from the rest with its beautiful turquoise colour and gold details. It was designated a Historic Monument of LA on June 28, 1985.
Location: 849 South Broadway

Above: The¬†City Hall¬†building¬†¬†was designed by¬†John Parkinson,¬†John C. Austin, and¬†Albert C. Martin, Sr., and was completed in 1928. It is the tallest¬†base-isolated¬†structure in the world. The tower is art-deco. Interesting fact, the concrete in its tower was made with sand from each of¬†California‘s 58 counties and water from its 21 historical¬†missions.¬†The building was designated a¬†Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument¬†in 1976.
Location: 200 North Spring Street

Above: United Artists Building was designed by the architect C. Howard Crane for the United Artists corporation formed by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.Construction was completed in 1927. Its style is Spanish Gothic.
Location: 929 South Broadway

Above: Pantages Theatre opened in 1920. In 1929 it became Warner Bros Downtown Theatre and in 1988 it became the Jewelry Theatre Centre.

Location: 410 W 6th Street

Above: Trinity Auditorium.
Location: 830 S. Grand Ave.
Above: Not sure what this building is called, but it’s gorgeous! I really like how it seems to have 3 different styles/textures. I tried taking a close up of the 3D faces in the wall in the second photo.
Above: Walt Disney Concert Hall by architect Frank Gehry opened on October 24, 2003.
Location: 111 S Grand Ave
Above: Not sure what this building is called, but it caught my attention while walking around DTLA.
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  • Reply Shannon Boyce

    What a gorgeous, gorgeous city!

    September 4, 2013 at 6:37 pm
  • Reply Karen Perez

    the last building is actually the old justice hall. Home of Los Angeles County courts, County Coroner, Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney, and was for many years the Los Angeles County jail. That building was where Marylin Monroe’s autopsy was done and where Charle’s Manson’s trial was held. It was closed because it was damaged back in ’94 during and earthquake. awesome pics!!! xo

    September 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    I love them all! Thank you for the tour!

    September 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    I would love to visit LA one of these days. It looks beautiful.

    September 24, 2013 at 12:22 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Always with the artistic eye- ‚ô• it. Continue enjoying your surrounding ni√Īa linda, it’ll serve you well. BB2U

    September 24, 2013 at 12:53 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Downtown LA es fascinante. Recorrerlo los domingos es mucho m√°s f√°cil, no hay casi nadie circulando por sus calles.
    Bellas tus fotos, el Walt Disney Concert Hall es de mis favoritos.

    September 24, 2013 at 4:56 am
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Never been to LA and did not imagine it this beautiful, there are some really gorgeous buildings. Love the Pantages Theater and I am a big fan of everything Frank Gehry. Can’t wait to visit.

    September 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    Me encantaria conocer los Angeles, ya me animaste m√°s y ayudaste mucho con tus fotos, esta muy lindo el lugar y seg√ļn se es muy grande. Lindas fotos!

    ¬°FELIZ D√ćA!ŗ•ź

    September 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm
  • Reply Nina Gonzalez

    que belleza de fotos muero por visitar esta ciudad, gracias por compartir!

    September 24, 2013 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply Edith Rodriguez

    I’m new to the Los Angeles area and I definitely need to come check out all your posts about it. By the way you’re blog is so lively and full of happiness!

    February 6, 2015 at 11:33 pm
    • Reply Nina Gonzalez

      awesome! where did you move from? I really love exploring La when I visit, there is so much to see

      February 10, 2015 at 8:22 pm

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