LAObserved.com reminds us that the December 12, 2004 issue of The Los Angeles Times Magazine profiles KCRW's Frances Anderton. Ms. Anderton hosts the weekly radio program, "DnA: Design and Architecture," which focuses on LA designers and architects.The article also lists some LA landmarks that Anderton claims enrich her soul. Her list includes these gems:
Theme Building, Los Angeles International Airport, Pereira & Luckman, Welton Becket & Associates, Paul Williams, 1961. My first love. When I first touched down in L.A. in the late '80s and set eyes on this Space Age classic, I knew this city was my spiritual home. Kappe House, Ray Kappe, 1968. One of the most breathtaking houses in the Modernist tradition in Los Angeles, with interlocking vertical and horizontal planes in concrete, glass and wood that seem to grow out of the hillside site in Pacific Palisades.
Edgemar, Frank Gehry, 1988. Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall and his own house are perhaps his most famous and influential buildings, but I like Edgemar on Main Street in Santa Monica. It's a discreet plaza made of chain-link and off-kilter shapes, brought to life by Peet's Coffee & Tea, a MOCA store and other unique shops that combine to breathe social life into this urbane design.
Dawnridge, Tony Duquette, 1949-1999. Everything the late, great jewelry, set and interior designer touched turned into magic, especially his exotic, eclectic house and fantastical garden of pagodas, bridges and pavilions in Beverly Hills.
Diamond Ranch High School, Morphosis with Thomas Blurock Architects, 2000. A school that teaches by example. There's a passion and generosity of spirit in this unashamedly sculptural public high school, which was built on a budget and at a difficult, hilly site overlooking Pomona.
L.A. Design Center, South Los Angeles, John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, 2003. Cisco Brothers' stylish furniture showroom complex at 59th and Western reflects a commitment to contemporary design as a vehicle for stimulating revival of a rundown neighborhood.
Schindler House, R.M. Schindler, 1922. The Austrian émigré's experimental house and garden in West Hollywood remains an idyllic social and artistic center for the art and architecture set.
Village Green (Baldwin Hills Village), Reginald Johnson and Clarence Stein, in association with Lewis Wilson, Edwin Merrill and Robert Alexander, 1941. A planned "garden city" of unpretentious dwellings set amid lush common greens. The community, once rental housing but now condos, is said to be one of the most racially integrated in the city.
What structure in LA speaks to your soul?