A testament to the confident opulence of the 80s and the humbling crash that soon followed, one of the most expensive buildings for its size ever constructed in L.A. would later sell for a fraction of its cost.
At the corner of West Seventh and South Figueroa Streets is a curious sight, combining the characteristics of the historic French Chateauesque style with the sleek verticality of a modern high-rise office building.
Before its starring role as Nakatomi Plaza in the Bruce Willis smash hit "Die Hard," Fox Plaza was better known as one of the most architecturally appealing buildings to rise in the city during the 1980s.
From the street it's hard to see the splendor of this nondescript, industrial-looking building—that is, until you spy an aerial view revealing its secret heart: a circular interior courtyard, wholly open to the sky.
Student Walkouts at Garfield High School. Photo by LAPL.