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My L.A.: The Once and Future Golden Gate Theater

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Hollow and in disrepair, it embodied the reason I wanted to leave Los Angeles. I was wrong. More»

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My L.A.: St. John’s Cathedral, Monument of Serenity

A Romanesque gem in West Adams, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral opened its doors in 1925. Photo: Kansas Sebastian, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Kansas Sebastian, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Though overshadowed by modern icons, beautifully crafted buildings like St. John’s are an important part of our architectural heritage. More»

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My L.A.: Learning to Love Baskin-Robbins

Burbank Baskin-Robbins ice cream store
Great architecture? Perhaps not. Community hub? Definitely.

What makes a building into a community gathering spot? Sometimes a nondescript exterior gives way to sugary goodness inside. More»

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Architecture Critic Paul Goldberger Advises “Don’t Squeeze Out All the Fresh Air”

Paul Goldberger
Paul Goldberger

“We’re much more sensitive in general to historic buildings than we once were.” How to move forward while preserving the past. More»

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Our L.A., Mapped

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What place says “L.A.” to you? What’s your favorite building, corner, or monument? What is your L.A.? More»

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Getty Voices: Our L.A.

Getty Voices: Lyra Kilston's L.A. map
My L.A.: My life mapped on the landscape.

Did you walk through Overdrive and see part of your story? What are your junctions of place and history? What buildings reflect a bit of who you are? More»

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Finding Beauty in L.A.’s Visual Clutter

South Broadway in downtown L.A.
But is it architecture? The palimpsests at street level better fit a community definition of architecture than the skyscrapers behind, says Greg Goldin. Photo: S. Broadway by Xavier de Jauréguiberry on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Hulking public works and messy storefronts are the essence of L.A. architecture. Here’s why you should love them. More»

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Long Live Tiki, the Whimsical Soul of Midcentury Modern

3505 Artesia Blvd. in Some Los Angeles Apartments / Ed Ruscha
© Ed Ruscha

Tiki is the style that refuses to die, and its endurance tells us something about Southern California design. More»

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Ancient Sicilian Coins: Miniature Masterpieces, Full-Scale Challenges

Coin with Nike Driving a Four-Horse Chariot
Royal Library of Belgium—Coin Cabinet

The designer of the Sicily exhibition at the Getty Villa reveals the challenges of displaying small, double-sided, intricate objects—coins. More»

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Explore “Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.” on Newly Launched Website

Highways 5, 10, 60, and 101 Looking West, L.A. River and Downtown Beyond / Michael Light
Courtesy of and © Michael Light and Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica

Browse around L.A. faster than freeway travel (as if freeway travel is ever speedy). “Pacific Standard Time Presents” website sets new sights on how our city was made Modern. More»

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      A courtly strut along a winding path. 

      The decorated border reveals perhaps a C, an X, and a Y. It’s difficult to make out, but these initials likely hold the key to the manuscript’s unknown patron.

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      Young Men and Women Outdoors, about 1460 - 1470, French. J. Paul Getty Museum.

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