Seaport Marina Hotel (Demolished) | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Larry Underhill

Seaport Marina Hotel (Demolished)

Designed by prominent African American architect Roy Sealey, the hotel was completed in 1963 and originally called the Edgewater Inn. As originally envisioned, each hotel room afforded either a courtyard or ocean view. A separate building housed the public components, including the hotel office, restaurant, lounge, and meeting rooms.

The Googie buildings' distinctive features included unique Y-shaped piers supporting a diamond-patterned roofline on the main building, a folded-plate roofline on a circular office wing, decorative concrete block screens, and original diamond-patterned metal railings. Two two-story zigzag guest room wings originally housing 200 hotel rooms were arranged symmetrically to create partially enclosed courtyard spaces.

The building was demolished in October 2017.

 

 

Wilshire Grand Hotel, 2005. Photo by Larry Underhill

Wilshire Grand Hotel (Demolished)

Opened as the Statler Center, the Wilshire Grand was the first major downtown hotel constructed since the Biltmore in 1923.
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.
Brunswick Sands Bowl interior
Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Brunswick Sands Bowl

The Sands Bowl's Googie-esque, Egyptian-themed design is a great example of a bowling center in the "California style," with cocktail lounge, sunken dining room, and exotic decor.