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  • For You Fans of Architecture

    Posted by James R. Rummel on August 8th, 2004 (All posts by )

    I came across a website devoted to the work of John Parkinson, a California architect who’s famous for his work in Los Angeles around 1900.

    How famous? Well, Parkinson is credited with building the first skyscraper in downtown LA, but I suppose that agreement depends on your definition of what a skyscraper is.

    The website has a really neat map of downtown LA which lists the survivng buildings that Parkinson worked on. Just the thing for a walking tour.

     

    3 Responses to “For You Fans of Architecture”

    1. Lex Says:

      There is a scene near the end of The War of the Worlds where the LA City Hall, which this guy designed, gets blown to smithereens by the martians.

    2. Lori Says:

      I study art and architecture at the University of Maryland and i think that if you liked that you’ll love this!

      http://www.prairiestyles.com/lsullivan.htm

      Some points of interest regarding Louis Sullivan are that (1) he coined the phrase “form follows function” and (2) he mentored a young Frank Lloyd Wright, who would go on to be considered America’s most famous architect.

    3. Jonathan Says:

      Lori, thanks. Nice to hear from you.