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

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

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 2:00pm Sold Out
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 2:00pm Sold Out

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 challenging to many eyes. 

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.      

Distance covered: About 1.5 miles total walking

Meeting location: Provided with reservation confirmation

Parking: Available in nearby lots

Metro: Tour starts within a few blocks of the 7th/Metro Center station, serving the Red, Purple, Blue, and Expo lines. For details, visit

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.

Featured Location(s)

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.