Dunes Inn Wilshire | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Dunes Inn Wilshire

Now operating as a Dunes Inn, this building opened as the Wilshire Twilighter Hotel. Its many amenities included drive-in registration, a plus in the late 1950s as the car culture boomed in Southern California. 

A prominent feature of the hotel's design is the three-story cylindrical tower facing Wilshire that houses a stairwell within. Clad in brick, it incorporates a double stretcher bond featuring alternating recessed and projecting headers.

The circle motif extends to the porte-cochere (carport), in which circular lights are suspended through enlarged circular openings, as well as to the entrance landscaping, which features a raised circular planting bed.

Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites
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Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites

One of the best-known buildings in Los Angeles and renowned for its futuristic appearance, the 1976 Bonaventure Hotel is famous as a Postmodern icon, isolated from the larger metropolis and operating by its own strange spatial rules.
West Los Angeles Civic Center
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West Los Angeles Civic Center

Built between 1957 and 1965, the civic center reflects the postwar growth of municipal services and the general optimism of the period, exemplified by its eye-catching Mid-Century Modern design.