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Orville Wright Middle School
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Orville Wright Middle School

Facing an enormous population explosion in the postwar period and not nearly enough classrooms for students, LAUSD solicited designs for the school building program from a variety of talented architects vying to design the ideal school.
Pann's Coffee Shop
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Pann's Coffee Shop

One of the last and best of the iconic futuristic coffee shops designed by the prolific firm of Armet & Davis, its traffic island is an oasis of subtropical planting beneath an immense, hovering "tortoise shell" roof.
Panorama Bank
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Panorama Bank

This elongated concrete dome structure with its expanses of glass walls resembles nothing so much as an alien spacecraft touched down in the middle of Panorama City's shopping district.
Panorama City
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Panorama City

A master plan calling for over 4,000 houses with thoughtful, modern, mostly Ranch and Minimal Traditional designs featuring technological innovations perfected during World War II—all for under $10,000.
Park La Brea
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Park La Brea

L.A.'s largest and best-known garden apartment community originally boasted views out of every living room window into a large park.

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