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Caltrans Building is a futuristic structure that is headquarter of The California Department of Transportation. This 13-story building is an architectural marvel, environment-friendly and creative in it's design. It displays many artworks by artists like Renee Green, that enhance its beauty. The building is covered with photo-voltaic cells that generate 5% of the building-energy and also keep the temperature controlled. The structure is constructed in a manner that it utilizes natural light and resources. Check website for more details.
Named after a former chief of police, Parker Center Building is the home of the Los Angeles Police Department. You might be familiar with the exterior of the building from countless television programs and movies. Visitors can call to request a tour of the center, but visitors must be approved by the chief of police. If you have a group that you feel would benefit from a tour, you can make your case by either writing a letter or calling the general information line and the staff will put in your request.
With a daily circulation of more than one million readers, the Los Angeles Times is by far the most popular newspaper in the Southland. Situated on the outskirts of downtown, the publication's headquarters is a massive building that was built in Modern style in 1935. Free tours of the original, historic plant are offered to the general public on a regular basis. Tours must be reserved at least a week ahead of time. Tours of the actual printing plant are also available but you may have to call for details and tour times.
This Byzantine-style architectural wonder is 454 feet tall and takes up a whole block of space. A tourist attraction in itself, the venue is always alive and humming with activity. Regular tours are held here, so tourists and locals can explore the interiors without getting lost. The structure was built in the mid 1920s. Call for more information, and don't forget your camera!
Little Tokyo is the Japanese version of Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles. Covering 67 acres of land and a mere four blocks, the area may not be as famed as its Chinese counterpart, yet it manages to retain a fair share of tourists and locals who come here to shop, eat and even look for a place to live. Having survived quite a few hard times, the area is now abuzz with businesses, restaurants, shops and hotels. Quaint, 19th century homes add ambiance to the place. Exploration is best done by foot. Note that credit cards and open hours will vary by business, so call ahead before you visit.
Anthony Quinn born in Mexico is a grand name in the cinema fraternity as well as a public figure. He was nominated for Oscars for his movie "Zorba the Greek". Hence, the name Zorba Mural in his honor. The artist Eloy Torrez painted this mural by adopting two techniques, one of them being Kent Twitchell's. The mural stands on a floor that replicates the pattern and design of the floor in the Bradbury Building. This amazing work undoubtedly attracts locals and visitors alike!
Grand Park is nestled in downtown Los Angeles along Grand Avenue. Opened to the public in 2012, this 12-acre (4.9-hectare) urban project has been compared to the likes of New York’s Central Park. Located between City Hall and the Music Center, it features verdant lawns and mature trees, interactive fountains and plazas, as well as event spaces. The Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain with its dazzling light effects is the highlight of this landscape. This park is also the venue for performing arts, concerts, farmers’ markets and community events.
The Bradbury Building is the most impressive Victorian building remaining in L.A. Determined to build a lasting monument as his final real estate development, millionaire Lewis Bradbury rejected conventional designs and urged draftsman George Wyman to give the building a more futuristic twist. Wyman initially turned down the offer as unprofessional, but was supposedly persuaded to change his mind after communicating with his deceased brother using a Ouija board. He ultimately created a masterpiece of oak paneling, tiled stairs, wrought-iron railings, open-cage elevators and a glass roof, which illuminates all.
Commissioned by Pío Pico, the last Mexican governor of California, this three-story building was constructed as a hotel by Ezra F. Kysor. Built in the style of an Italian palazzo, the building was once considered one of the finest buildings south of the Bay Area, and was put to successful use attracting merchants to stay and trade in the area. Today the building is privately owned and not open to the public; however, it's still worth a walk-by visit by anyone with an interest in local history.
This attractive museum is both a study of the life of Japanese-Americans and a celebration of Japanese-American art. The museum has presented a number of art exhibitions tackling several different mediums, including photography, film and sculpture. The subjects of some past exhibitions have included "Asian American Artists and Abstraction, 1945-1970", and "The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Hawaii Belt Road." Admission: free for Children less than 5 and Museum Members.
The James Irvine Japanese Garden, also known as Seiryu-en or Garden of The Clear Stream is a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city. It is a mix of Eastern and Western landscaping styles and is located in a sub-ground level of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. The garden was made possible by volunteer Japanese-American gardeners, landscape contractors and nurserymen. In 1981, it won the National Landscape Award presented by First Lady Nancy Reagan at the White House. The park is closed to the public when rented for special occasions. Stop by for a relaxing stroll and enjoy the beautiful landscaping and plants.