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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

When it opened in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) was the largest new art museum the country had seen in a quarter century. The museum rose on the site of the old adobe and tree-shaded home ranch that the Hancock family donated to the county for a park in 1916. Three original LACMA buildings faced onto Wilshire from a raised plaza, with fountains and a reflecting pool along the boulevard. The original complex included the four-story Ahmanson Gallery housing the permanent collection, the Lytton Gallery with changing exhibitions, and the Leo S. Bing Center with a 600-seat auditorium.

A decade after its opening, the museum's water features were filled in and replaced with a sculpture garden, partly out of concern over oil and gas seepage. In the 1980s, a major renovation radically altered the museum's presence on Wilshire Boulevard. The Robert O. Anderson wing, housing LACMA's twentieth-century art collection, now fronts Wilshire with a wall of glazed limestone and glass block. 

Photo by Flora Chou/L.A. Conservancy

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Plaza House

The Plaza House features original cast iron storefront columns, groups of double and triple windows topped by segmental arches, and an elaborate bracketed cornice and false gable parapet.
Student Walkouts at Garfield High School. Photo by LAPL.

Garfield High School

The century-old Garfield High School played a key role in the East L.A. Chicano Student Walkouts (Blowouts) of March 1968.
West Los Angeles Civic Center
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

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.