Thursday, June 08, 2006

From the "Big AIA - Eeee!"

Okay, I couldn't resist the pun ...that anyone familiar with Asian-american lit will get.

The AIA Expo is like a Disneyland for anyone in the design or historic preservation trades. They've definitely gone "LA" with this year's convention, judging by the types of tours offered each day. While I heard mention of the Case Study Houses and Greene and Greene, I also overheard talk of architects and designers eager to do the "Hollywood" tours.

I got to meet Julius Shulman, so you know I'm happy. Every other booth has a bowl of chocolate candies, and the coffee is almost Miami-quality. Almost.

After my discussion with the Route 66 Historian Sunday at the Lummis Day celebration, thought I'd put done my list of sites for visitors to see (sorry, no movie star homes or murder sites!) in no particular order...

Adamson House and the Malibu Pier

The Getty (both Pacific Palisades and Brentwood)

Marina Del Rey

The Venice Canals

The Eames Office

The Case Study Homes

The Schindler House

Farmers Market and The Grove

The Huntington Library

Union Station, Olvera Street and the California Endowment building

The Downtown Core (between the Harbor, Santa Monica, Golden State and
Hollywood Freeways)

...including the Wholesale Markets (Flower, Produce, etc.)

Mulholland Drive

The concrete bed of the Los Angeles River

The Brewery Art Complex

Angel's Gate Cultural Center, the Korean Friendship Bell and Lower Fort

Googie LA


Paadena's Art Center College of Design

LAX (the Theme Building, and the viewpoint by the
Imperial Highway Dog Park)

Nick's Cafe

Ennis-Brown Home

Hollyhock House

Gamble House

Expo Park



The Hammer Museum

Pasadena Museum of California Art

Norton Simon Museum

Okay... see ya after Gay Pride (unless I post at the Expo)!



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