5 Things You Didn't Know About Downtown L.A. Architecture

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You love the L.A. skyline, but do you know about the types of architecture that make up Downtown Los Angeles? Here's your introduction!

1. Beaux Arts

One of the first major types of architecture to come up in Downtown Los Angeles was called Beaux-Arts. Picture the Millennium Biltmore Hotel or The Orpheum Theatre. This type of architecture is inspired by Greek and Roman structures and the style heavily influenced U.S. architecture until the 1920s.


once again #millenniumbiltmore #LA #CA

A photo posted by Mizuki.M (@mizuki.14.m) on Dec 23, 2014 at 10:02pm PST


2. Art Deco

Art Deco took over in the 1920s. The vertical and clean buildings were meant to evoke sophistication, jazz and elegance in this new time period. The style used to be known as Moderne but the term Art Deco became popular in the 1960s. The Eastern Columbia Building, The Los Angeles Central Library and One Bunker Hill are all Art Deco buildings.


3. Corporate International Style

Beginning in the 1940s, the Corporate International Style took over. With the growth of big cities, corporate international was made to accommodate larger crowds in the workforce in an economical way. The Bank of America Plaza, One Wilshire, and The Standard, DTLA all are Corporate International.



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A photo posted by @stephen.han on Oct 12, 2015 at 4:11pm PDT


4. Postmodern

4. Beginning in the mid 1970s, a new stye of architecture started popping up in Los Angeles- Postmodern. This whimsical style incorporates different aspects of architecture into one. Think Walt Disney Concert Hall,  Figueroa Tower, or the Wells Fargo Building.


5. L.A. Conservancy

5. You can learn all about the different types of architecture and more when you go on an L.A. Conservancy Walking Tour. Explore L.A. and become an expert! Book your tour. 


View of downtown from the last stop on our #cityhall tour - the observation deck. #walkDTLA

A photo posted by Los Angeles Conservancy (@laconservancy) on Mar 22, 2015 at 12:26pm PDT