Don't Call Me Ugly! A Fresh Look at Modernism | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photos by Bruce Scottow/L.A. Conservancy.

Don't Call Me Ugly! A Fresh Look at Modernism

Don't Call Me Ugly! A Fresh Look at Modernism

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Join us as together we critique some of the tough-to-love buildings of downtown Los Angeles.

Everyone’s a critic – especially as it relates to architecture. One person’s “glass box” is another person’s edifice of stunning beauty. And while tastes change over time, buildings from the late '60s through the '70s remain particularly underappreciated. 

But maybe this era is misunderstood. Perhaps we need to review and reconsider the times in which these buildings were constructed. Maybe we need to look a little deeper and maybe, just maybe, see these buildings for the first time!

Don’t Call me Ugly: A Fresh Look at Modernism is offered as part of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s The '70s Turn 50 initiative.      

Walk-ins Not Accepted
Meeting Location

Will be sent upon registration. 

Covid-19 Safety and Important Policies
  • Tour will run rain or shine.
  • Masks will continue to be required when entering indoor spaces during the tour.
  • Social distancing of at least six feet should be maintained between L.A. Conservancy docents, staff, and other individuals who have not been isolating together.
  • You can change your reservation date if you contact us at at least 24 hours before your original reservation date.
  • No pets.
  • This tour is not recommended for young children.
  • Strollers not recommended.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
All participants in the Los Angeles Conservancy-sponsored Walking Tours knowingly and freely accept and assume all risks, both known and unknown, and AGREE TO RELEASE, DEFEND, INDEMNIFY, NOT SUE, AND HOLD HARMLESS the Los Angeles Conservancy, its principals, officers, employees, volunteers, sponsors, agents and other participants from any and all claims, damages (including medical expenses and attorneys’ fees), injuries and expenses arising out of, or resulting from your voluntary attendance/participation in Walking Tours.

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Photo by Annie Laskey/Los Angeles Conservancy

City National Plaza

Completed in 1972 for the headquarters of Atlantic Richfield Company, these dark towers flanking a striking plaza typify the corporate architecture of the time.