Why Downtown Los Angeles’s Architecture Is So Diverse | Walking Tour | Architectural Digest

  • čas přidán 23. 09. 2023
  • Today AD welcomes back architect Valery Augustin for a walking tour of Downtown Los Angeles, exploring its diverse architectural design. From Spanish Colonial and 1930s art deco to postmodern deconstructivism, Downtown Los Angeles has become a playground for design, boasting a wide variety of architectural styles spanning centuries-discover the history of this diverse district through Valéry Augustin’s expert eye.
    Director: Hiatt Woods
    Director of Photography: Grant Bell
    Editor: J.Y. Chun
    Host: Valery Augustin
    Producer: Skylar Economy
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  • babyvanderwoodsen
    babyvanderwoodsen Před 2 měsíci +208

    I was born and raised in LA, which is a really beautiful/soulful place despite what the entire world has to say about it.. 😅It's so lovely seeing the history of my hometown, thank you AD

    • Michael Trower
      Michael Trower Před 2 měsíci +7

      I would love to live there.

    • babyvanderwoodsen
      babyvanderwoodsen Před 2 měsíci +7

      @Michael Trower I really hope you get the chance to!

    • Red Siberian
      Red Siberian Před 2 měsíci +14

      Los Angeles turns a blind eye to the suffering, drug addicted, and poor that’s why it gets a bad wrap.

    • Kisha Stanley
      Kisha Stanley Před 2 měsíci +8

      LA is my favorite place to be I cry every time I have to leave🌏

  • Lara Bouzid
    Lara Bouzid Před 2 měsíci +62

    More of Valery Augustin and Los Angeles architecture. One of the exciting things about LA is that you’re constantly discovering new and beautiful things about it. It’s a gradual unfolding. Grateful to live here.

  • David
    David Před 2 měsíci +39

    This was a great video. As someone who has lived in LA my whole life, I’m familiar with all of these buildings but enjoyed learning a lot of their cool history!

  • Peek a Boo
    Peek a Boo Před 2 měsíci +60

    This is a interesting and entertaining history of Los Angeles. I had always thought about the Spanish inspired architecture in the residential homes, never the downtown core. Los Angeles has some beautiful historic buildings. My favorite was the Eastern Building because color terracotta tile is something that you do not see everyday and one of my favorite colors. It's whimsical and fantasy inspired. Thanks Mr. Augustin for your presentation.

  • L T
    L T Před 2 měsíci +14

    This is such a great piece, downtown LA's buildings are so unique and beautiful and don't really get the global credit they deserve.

    • Jody Owen
      Jody Owen Před 2 měsíci +4

      That’s because it’s a jell hole of a town.
      There are literally tens of thousands of places far more interesting with culture and art and history LA doesn’t have.
      Why anyone would spend more time than a layover forces on then in that polluted , derivative, soulless waste of space defies logic.

    • Eli Austin
      Eli Austin Před 2 měsíci

      @Jody Owenit’s awful…. To say it is a Mecca for architects is a disgrace…
      That said
      Thom Mayne, Wes Jones & Neil Denari are the LA architects that inspire me🙌🏾

  • Joseph Henderson
    Joseph Henderson Před 2 měsíci +31

    I pass The Broad museum daily and always wondered what the function of the walls were. Amazing.

  • Susan Murphy
    Susan Murphy Před 2 měsíci +22

    Thank you for this piece, Valery! You are Wonderful. Please do more. I live in DTLA and I am a History enthusiast and Architecture fanatic so I really enjoyed today's reel. Thanks again.❤❤❤

    • mrxman
      mrxman Před měsícem +2

      Agreed. You might think about joining the LA Conservancy. It's a great organization and they have wonderful tours around the city. I've taken a few including one of the historic Broadway theaters. They also have movie screenings in historic theaters. I attended one a few weeks ago at the Million Dollar Theater. They screened Vertigo by Hitchcock. It was great.

  • Kampy
    Kampy Před 2 měsíci +8

    Love this.... I wish it were a lot longer than 12 minutes! Or, I wish it were the first episode of a series... I want 20 more 10-12 minute videos like this!

  • MJ The Gray
    MJ The Gray Před 2 měsíci +23

    If AD can cover more facts and information about other buildings and skyline of DTLA, that would be great. Specifically about how each high rise represent maritime landscape and vessels. This is great!

  • A M
    A M Před 2 měsíci +5

    Beautiful architecture - I wish the city would take care of the streets so people can freely enjoy it.

  • kathy Thompson
    kathy Thompson Před 2 měsíci +22

    Thank you so much! I’ve never been on a building tour of LA, please do many more! And I love your name too!

    • mrxman
      mrxman Před měsícem

      The LA Conservancy non profit organization has some great walking tours. I think they might have video tours on their website too.

  • Stephen Lafferty
    Stephen Lafferty Před měsícem

    This is a great documentary walking tour! I would love to see another chapter presented by Valery Augustin, who is an excellent guide and presenter on the topic!

    GRIFTY P Před měsícem

    I would love to see more series exploring SF architecture as well in this manner! Great vid

  • Youski
    Youski Před 2 měsíci +7

    Amazing video. Love the details and history of my city’s architecture. Thank you.

  • P. Lo
    P. Lo Před 2 měsíci +11

    I was born at the general hospital and we would go downtown in the 80s to watch movies at the million dollar theater (I still remember watching ET when it first came out). I loved going downtown and looking at the beautiful buildings and always wished to live there in a historic building.

  • Joe Gordon
    Joe Gordon Před 2 měsíci

    Thank you for this - these videos are always interesting, but LA isn't a city that tends to get this treatment for architectural coverage, so it was a special treat.

  • Red Siberian
    Red Siberian Před 2 měsíci +5

    La has beautiful architecture not many places in the world have art deco, Spanish, and modern architecture all in one area.

    • mrxman
      mrxman Před měsícem

      Don't forget mid century modern architecture too. LA and SoCal has a long history of it especially in Palm Springs.

  • ohlalajeckostar
    ohlalajeckostar Před 2 měsíci +9

    I was low-key anticipating this after the features on New York, Chicago and San Francisco. (And I am also actively waiting for MORE Chicago architectural tours)

  • Rhonda M
    Rhonda M Před 2 měsíci +6

    Excellent presentation. I learned so much in this video. Keep these videos coming!

  • DavidinSLO
    DavidinSLO Před 2 měsíci +2

    My top ten list of iconic Los Angeles buildings include:
    - LAX Theme Building
    - Randy’s Donuts
    - Chinese Theater
    - Crossroads of the World
    - Capital Records
    - Stahl Case Study House #22
    - Griffith Observatory
    - Westin Bonaventure
    - Walt Disney Concert Hall
    - LA City Hall
    I realize this list is very subjective. I just tried to come up with buildings (mostly historic) that truly say “Los Angeles”

  • Bessy Corrales
    Bessy Corrales Před 2 měsíci +5

    Beautiful. Thoroughly enjoyed touring these iconic landmarks.

  • Susan Enholm
    Susan Enholm Před 2 měsíci +2

    Impressive!! Thanks for a fascinating video. I will share LA's architecture with others.

  • vladeckk
    vladeckk Před 2 měsíci +2

    Interesting and enjoyable. Thanks for sharing your appreciation of these buildings.

  • Nell Warnes
    Nell Warnes Před 2 měsíci +7

    I'm surprised that you didn't feature a single building by Paul Williams. I'd love a video on how he shaped the asthenic of LA.

    • mrxman
      mrxman Před měsícem

      This video was specifically on DTLA. Williams was very popular in his time with the Hollywood community, but I think he also did some buildings in historically Black neighborhoods too.

    • 4CHAMBuurs
      4CHAMBuurs Před měsícem

      I had the same thought, you can’t talk about L.A. architecture without mentioning Mr. Paul Williams.

  • Jasmine Barcelo
    Jasmine Barcelo Před měsícem +1

    Love Valery and his commentary on the City of Angels. Can he please have his own PBS show? 😊

  • Laurel Barlow
    Laurel Barlow Před 2 měsíci +4

    I was born and raised in Los Angeles. It is a beautiful city.

  • Riskmangler
    Riskmangler Před 2 měsíci +4

    This is such an informative video. The backstory on these structures are very interesting. The only suggestion would be to include the name of the general contractors who built these amazing building. Recipes are great but without a chef, they're just ink on paper.

  • Lisir Chin
    Lisir Chin Před 2 měsíci +3

    The broad’s architecture is structured pretty great with the angled panels🧐

  • Jeff Petrie
    Jeff Petrie Před 2 měsíci +2

    Our guide is easy on the eyes, as are all of the buildings presented. 👍🏼

  • Ben Bakker
    Ben Bakker Před 2 měsíci +2

    I noticed Union Station for the first time in a movie. Its really amazing to have such a beautiful train station!

    • mrxman
      mrxman Před měsícem +2

      Indeed. And it has continued to operate as a train station since it's opening. It's more popular than ever especially now that it's also the main station for LA Metro, Metrolink and Amtrak.

    • Antonia Hamilton
      Antonia Hamilton Před 18 dny +2

      Its awaiting the San Francisco/ LA Bullet Train.

    • mrxman
      mrxman Před 18 dny

      @Antonia Hamilton Very true. I wonder when LA Metro will start the renovations and expansion of Union Station. I have a feeling they won't start untill after the 2028 Olympics.

  • bngr bngr
    bngr bngr Před 2 měsíci +10

    I would love to see the lost Victorian houses of Bunker Hill.

  • Oliver White
    Oliver White Před 2 měsíci +4

    I would highly recommend doing of the various walking tours of downtown LA put on by the LA Conservancy.

  • Swauce
    Swauce Před měsícem

    This was such a beautiful video to honor the architect of the city!

  • Jay
    Jay Před 2 měsíci

    Would love to see a video on Pasadena’s (CA) gorgeous buildings.

  • Bernice VanWinkle
    Bernice VanWinkle Před měsícem

    WHAT A GREAT TOUR!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS ARCHITECT as well! I'll be in LA in November & will MOST definitely follow this!!!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!

  • Rod Salvador
    Rod Salvador Před měsícem

    Very cool! Would have loved to see the Bradbury building on this list!

  • Dan Berg
    Dan Berg Před měsícem +1

    The DWP building in downtown is my favorite - it's an absolutely perfect mid-century modern building.

    • Antonia Hamilton
      Antonia Hamilton Před 16 dny

      Agree. I wish they would turn on the orange lit fountains again.

  • BOI (Bricks of Intelligence) DESIGN STUDIO 智能積木創作室

    Great walking tour of Downtown LA! I love it!

  • Mat S
    Mat S Před 2 měsíci +9

    Downtown LA isnt something id come up when asked about interesting architecture but this gave me a whole new perspektive

    • mrxman
      mrxman Před měsícem +1

      And that's only the very tip of the iceberg.

  • David Burgess
    David Burgess Před 2 měsíci +6

    you should mention the Richfield Building, an Art Deco masterpiece. Demolished in the 60s. A tragedy! Also didn't mention Downtown library.

  • Chicka Chica
    Chicka Chica Před 2 měsíci

    This is a great video! Thank you. Is the Musee de Confluence in Lyon, France not in Paris as cited in the section where they show the architect that designed the arts school? My son and I were just in Lyon and went to this museum. I could be wrong but I did not remember one in Paris?? 😊

    • mrxman
      mrxman Před měsícem

      Also, he references the Guggenheim in NY when he talks about the Walt Disney Concert Hall. That's incorrect. It's the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain.

  • serafina costa
    serafina costa Před měsícem

    Great. Now we have an Architect for Los Angeles who knows his mettle. Please keep him and have him to bring us the goodies.

  • Adrianna Demadriguera
    Adrianna Demadriguera Před 2 měsíci +3

    mr. augustin was fantastic and this was a joy. thank you so much.

  • Susan Bali
    Susan Bali Před 2 měsíci +2

    Super interesting 👀 thanks for sharing!

  • Joey Chilango
    Joey Chilango Před 2 měsíci +11

    Nothing on the Bradbury Building? Inconceivable!

  • Lucas Padilla
    Lucas Padilla Před 2 měsíci +3

    Everyone bad talks downtown LA some for legit reasons, but honestly it has so much potential

  • lunamypet
    lunamypet Před 2 měsíci +2

    I hope we get more LA content

  • Abraham Gomez
    Abraham Gomez Před měsícem

    I agree it is very mixed ....I walked downtown and it's seems mysterious. The vibe is different but still a great city.

  • joy heather
    joy heather Před 2 měsíci +102

    One point to clarify this, the wealthy do save up enough to buy their next assets. They do not save as a means of building wealth or as a retirement strategy

    • Nora Gareth
      Nora Gareth Před 2 měsíci

      Very soon People will be kicking themselves if they miss the opportunity to buy and invest in Real estate and bitcoin

    • Richard Dick
      Richard Dick Před 2 měsíci

      I also needed her info too I’ll reach out to her thanks

    • Richard Dick
      Richard Dick Před 2 měsíci

      I also needed her info too I’ll reach out to her thanks

    • Nemesio Barde
      Nemesio Barde Před 2 měsíci

      This Mrs Georgette sounds great, I'll like to give it a try with $ 2000

    • Willis Becca
      Willis Becca Před 2 měsíci

      Thank you for this. Will definitely reach out to her now.

  • Microcosm
    Microcosm Před 2 měsíci +1

    Please do a video like this for Charleston, South Carolina!

  • John Allred
    John Allred Před 2 měsíci +4

    Nice tour and history lesson! Love DTLA

  • Errhka
    Errhka Před 2 měsíci +5

    I'd like to have a few words with the officials that cleared 232 MILLION dollars for a HIGH SCHOOL. It's a gorgeous building but an absolutely shameful use of public funds and abuse of their position (speaking as someone who works for a city). Especially using an international architecture firm when a local firm could have done it brilliantly for a fifth of the cost. If this was for city hall that's one thing, but this is for a single public high school - 232 million can provide thousands of children with programs and equipment that give them incredible opportunities for their future for YEARS.

  • The Drunk Wedding Photographer
    The Drunk Wedding Photographer Před 2 měsíci +5

    My only complaint, I wish Mr. Augustin didn't speed run through each building.

  • Far Drives
    Far Drives Před 20 dny

    Do the beautiful architecture of Tent City, LA next!

  • rossybink
    rossybink Před 2 měsíci +4

    Brilliant, thank you 🙏 ❤

  • MO
    MO Před měsícem

    I been in LA for almost 30 yrs and love it !

  • angeline sarol
    angeline sarol Před měsícem

    great video, excellent commentary I did not know how much Calif rich in Architecture

  • Mash333
    Mash333 Před 2 měsíci +9

    L.A. is a gem.

  • A. Bruin
    A. Bruin Před měsícem

    I apologize to the narrator and the audience. I reacted immediately to the statement I quoted and did not continue to view the video in which the existence and culture of the indigenous peoples who were in the area prior to the Spanish were acknowledged. Again, my apologies to all.

  • whitetiger0802
    whitetiger0802 Před 2 měsíci +1

    Do one for San Francisco!!!

  • allermenchenaufder
    allermenchenaufder Před 2 měsíci +2

    The Train station, very romantic 🥰 traveling experience. Always

  • Tetiana
    Tetiana Před 2 měsíci

    Wow! That's so interesting! Thanks 😊

  • Jennifer Padilla
    Jennifer Padilla Před 2 měsíci +3

    That Eastern Columbia building… 😍😍😍

  • Kyle Chang
    Kyle Chang Před 2 dny

    Buildings in Downtown LA also have to be built or retrofitted to withstand Earthquakes.

  • Janaka Kumara
    Janaka Kumara Před 26 dny

    Many of the structures built by the homeless on the sidewalks in LA also follow the Deconstructivist Style.

  • Drezzed to kill
    Drezzed to kill Před 2 měsíci +5

    My beautiful hometown 😢

  • Ricardo Perez
    Ricardo Perez Před měsícem

    Downtown LA architecture doesn't get the same love as NYC just because it doesn't has tall futuristic skyscrapers.

  • sbartdbarcelona
    sbartdbarcelona Před měsícem

    Excellent/informative. Thx you!

  • Gabriel Allen-Batieste
    Gabriel Allen-Batieste Před 2 měsíci +1

    Very impressive.

  • Lester P. Grant
    Lester P. Grant Před 2 měsíci +1

    Stunning post. Thank you!

  • Joshua Buchanan
    Joshua Buchanan Před měsícem

    I hate when people's complain that LA is too pricey to live in and in general while yeah in some parts of LA thats true, but LA has a lot of neat architecture especially in west LA

  • epsilon
    epsilon Před 2 měsíci

    so glad they brought valery back

  • Levi
    Levi  Před 2 měsíci +2

    LA is definitely the pentacle of architecture

    RIOTTONITE DRAGON Před 2 měsíci +2

    This was great.

  • Marvin G
    Marvin G Před 2 měsíci +3

    I've yet to see an art deco building I didn't like!

  • Ge DiGi
    Ge DiGi Před 2 měsíci +2

    Thank You
    What a great tour of L A

  • Jim Pickard
    Jim Pickard Před 2 měsíci +1

    Thank you,
    That’s really great!

  • Joshua Gonzalez
    Joshua Gonzalez Před měsícem

    great video!!!

  • Mitisme
    Mitisme Před měsícem +1

    would be more diverse if them tents start to fill up the side walk . agree anyone ?

  • Rebecca J
    Rebecca J Před 2 měsíci

    I was confused why the Eastern Columbia building sounded so familiar... the flipping Depp Heard trial!!

  • Kevin Prado
    Kevin Prado Před 2 měsíci +1

    I'm sweating just looking at him

  • Celso Costa
    Celso Costa Před 2 měsíci +1

    Wow nice voice 👏👏👏

  • Chris Slater
    Chris Slater Před 2 měsíci

    i wanna be this guys friend so bad :’)

  • SadSquad
    SadSquad Před měsícem +1

    What about all of the tent architecture I’ve seen?

  • MannieSocal
    MannieSocal Před měsícem

    Make a part 2

  • David J. Arturo
    David J. Arturo Před 2 měsíci

    It's interesting that he did not include the Cathedral of Ouf Lady of Angels. I think it's hideous, and when I drive past it I often think of what could've been.

  • Blah de Blaaah
    Blah de Blaaah Před 2 měsíci

    Sounds like he’s reading off cards. I like the other architects’ casualness better. That’s just me.

  • Kaerim Arturo Cisneros Soto
    Kaerim Arturo Cisneros Soto Před měsícem

    So when are you going to do this in Mexico City?

  • A. Bruin
    A. Bruin Před měsícem

    To the comments below, not all of which I have read, I add the following: "The history of Los Angeles begins with the arrival of the Spanish in the 1700's..." Really? What is now known as the "L.A. Basin" was devoid of humans and contained only flora and fauna"? For an educated African-American professional to make such an ignorant, cultural-denying statement is sad and appalling. True Native Californians (i.e., the indigenous peoples who had been present and lived in the area for hundreds if not thousands of years before the arrival of the Spanish) are deserving of acknowledgement and an apology immediately.

  • Raul Miranda
    Raul Miranda Před 2 měsíci

    Reminds me of 500 days of summer.

  • Clorox Bleach
    Clorox Bleach Před 2 měsíci

    With the exception of Union Station and La Placita, every building mentioned in this video is out of place with the aesthetic of Los Angeles. The Manhattanization of LA is one of the most repugnant chapters in American architectural history.

    • JWT
      JWT Před 2 měsíci +6

      What are you talking about?

    • mrxman
      mrxman Před měsícem +1

      Hahaha...you know very little, if anything, about architecture in general let alone architecture in LA.

  • name
    name Před měsícem +1

    Is this LA or London?
    the weather was horrendous for LA that day.

  • Kathleen Weinberg
    Kathleen Weinberg Před 2 měsíci +1

    Mansion are big and has lots of space and large rooms

  • Platinum Diamond
    Platinum Diamond Před 2 měsíci +1

    hilarious that the one day they film outside in LA it's raining

  • Dogsoldier 1950
    Dogsoldier 1950 Před 2 měsíci +2

    1,000 a sq foot!!! No wonder LASD is broke

  • Jg235
    Jg235 Před měsícem

    And tasteful, but too few high rises.

  • Izzy
    Izzy Před měsícem +1

    I love LA

  • deco983
    deco983 Před 2 měsíci


  • Shigemori F
    Shigemori F Před 2 měsíci +1

    Oh dear, the high school #9 is a hideous structure.

  • Hopper blue
    Hopper blue Před 2 měsíci +1

    beautiful way😄