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Eagle Rock Recreation Center
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Eagle Rock Recreation Center

Seminal architect Richard Neutra is perhaps best known for his residential designs, but one of his finest buildings is actually a neighborhood recreation center. The Eagle Rock Recreation Center, completed in 1953, is in many ways an expansion of ideas the architect explored in his house designs. It is essentially a pavilion, with a series of walls that can be hand-cranked up like double-hung windows to open the interior to the outside. The result is an ideal design solution for the multipurpose facility, which over the years has housed everything from plays to basketball games.

Neutra’s signature “spider leg” structural members are present on the building’s exterior, on a larger scale than they ever appeared in a house design. Their purpose is both functional and aesthetic, as they hold up the structure while reinforcing its pavilion-like feel.

Clad in brick and stucco, the Modern style building includes a main volume that is two stories in height but maintains a low horizontal feel with its plan, flat rooflines and simple bands of windows.

This helps it to blend into the neighborhood and to facilitate a feeling of community openness and accessibility. After being threatened with demolition in the 1980s, the Eagle Rock Recreation Center was designated a Historic-Cultural Monument and has since been preserved. It is an excellent example of Neutra’s Mid-Century Modern designs and a significant illustration of the way Eagle Rock embraced Modernism in the postwar period.

Sakai-Kozawa Residence/Tokio Florist, 2018. M. Rosalind Sagara/L.A. Conservancy
Sakai-Kozawa Residence/Tokio Florist, 2018. Photo by M. Rosalind Sagara/L.A. Conservancy

Sakai-Kozawa Residence/Tokio Florist

The Sakai-Kozawa Residence/Tokio Florist and Pole Sign is Historic-Cultural Monument #1198. The property is significant for its association with the Sakai-Kozawa family and their longtime floral business, Tokio Florist, which operated at this location from 1960 to 2006.
Lou Ehlers Cadillac
Photo by Larry Underhill

Lou Ehlers Cadillac (Demolished)

Before it was demolished, floor-to-ceiling plate glass windows provided unobstructed views of the showroom floor and the immense Cadillac logo offered on the building's exterior attracted customers from afar.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Capitol Records Tower

The world's first circular office building and one of L.A.'s most iconic buildings, an important illustration of the evolving work of Welton Becket and Associates during the 1950s.