Watts Towers
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Architect Simon Rodia
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Location Los Angeles, California   map
Date 1921 to 1955   timeline
Building Type monument
 Construction System steel and concrete assemblage
Climate mild, dry
Context urban
Style Modern Urban Vernacular
Notes Idiosyncratic, exhuberant monumental urban art, created by one inspired individual.
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Discussion Watts Towers Commentary

"One man's artistic fantasy is here given substance: fanciful spires pieced together over a period of thirty-three years from steel reinforcing rods and wire mesh, colorfully decorated with seashells and fragments of broken dishes and bottles."

— from Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. p111.

Details

Watts Towers Arts Center
(213) 847-4646
1765 East 107th Street
Los Angeles, CA   90002

Resources
Sources on Watts Towers

Donald Corner and Jenny Young, University of Oregon. Slide from photographers' collection. PCD.2350.1012.1143.15. view of towers from street.

Bud Goldstone, co-author. The Los Angeles Watts Towers. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute & J.Paul Getty Museum, December 1997. Phone/Fax 310-568-1571.

Sam Hall Kaplan. LA Lost & Found: an Architectural History of Los Angeles. New York: Crown Publishers, 1987. photo of towers, p152.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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The Wonderful Towers of Wattschildren's book telling the story of the towers

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