Try It Tuesday – Photos of Architecture

Intricate plaster work and dentils, along with an added fire escape. This building is from 1914. Looks like the sad plant on the window sill might have been from then too.

After writing the post about the European Traditional Aesthetic Preference, I took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles and looked up. It was a beautiful day, with the kind of late afternoon sunlight that made Los Angeles the first hub of filmmaking in the early days of Hollywood. I just took shots of buildings I liked, and found out later how special they are. So the “Try-It” is to encourage you to do the same, and look UP in your city.

Here is a selection of the photos, using my iPhone 8 and no editing.

Rosslyn Hotel built in 1914, the annex across the street built in 1923, with a street lamp in the foreground. I also love the faded advertising towards the top of the brick building. These were what were used as billboards back then.


Here’s a wider view of the Rosslyn showing the contrasting stonework at street level.
This is the Pacific Electric Building from 1905, now lofts. This is the oldest skyscraper in Los Angeles. The simplicity of the Romanesque design makes it feel very contemporary. I like the use of neo-classical column motif, with the Corinthian style capitals. The street level is nice, but looking up helps. “Artisan House” was the name of the recently closed restaurant at street level.


Reproduction street lamps downtown to add an air of retro charm.
Painted advertising on the side of a building downtown. “Nice Place” with an interesting industrial style sconce (lower left) on the facade. Notice the lines of dark brown/red squares – that is earthquake code retrofitting. There are also some plaster cornice and rosette details on the building next door above the modern awnings.


The Santa Fe Building from 1908 – converted from the offices of the Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad company to residential lofts. Another tall building. The first “skyscrapers” were six stories high, and this is another of the oldest in Los Angeles. More dentils and cornice details.
I like the juxtaposition of a new Modernist building with the older one in front of it. You can see some of the classical details on the facade (facing away from us) That building was living optimistically by putting all those windows along the side. It has paid off so far – that lower building with the vaguely Art Deco influence, is a a parking structure. Notice also the mural – rather faded – and doesn’t seem to be on any of the local mural maps. There are hundreds of murals in Los Angeles, of all sizes and many different styles.