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Los Angeles National Cemetery

Los Angeles National Cemetery came into use in May 1889, when Abner Prather, a Civil War veteran with the Fourth Indiana Infantry, died at the adjacent National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (now Veterans Affairs).

Since then, more than 85,000 veterans and family members have been interred, including fourteen recipients of the Medal of Honor.

About half the acreage is covered with upright marble gravestones, the rest with markers that lie flat in the ground. In the oldest section at the north end, some original nineteenth-century grave markers still remain.

The small Spanish Colonial Revival Bob Hope Chapel was built in 1938 and named for the late actor in 2002. The grounds are often used by Hollywood as a stand-in for Arlington National Cemetery.

Photo by Michael Locke

Museum of Contemporary Art

With only four of its seven floors above street level, its sunken, red sandstone-clad design is a welcome contrast to the extreme heights of the Bunker Hill glass-and-steel high rise towers.
Photo courtesy Calvin Fleming on Flickr

MacArthur Park

This park near downtown went from a mudhole, to a tony recreation spot, to a vibrant place of music, art, and community.
Photo by Flora Chou/L.A. Conservancy

National Bank of Whittier Building

Clad in glazed terra cotta with classically inspired detailing and leaded-glass transoms, this six-story building by father-and-son architects John and Donald B. Parkinson exemplifies the Beaux Arts style.