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

  • čas přidán 14. 07. 2024
  • 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
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Komentáře • 186

  • @babyvanderwoodsen
    @babyvanderwoodsen Před rokem +263

    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

    • @michaeltrower741
      @michaeltrower741 Před rokem +12

      I would love to live there.

    • @babyvanderwoodsen
      @babyvanderwoodsen Před rokem +9

      @@michaeltrower741 I really hope you get the chance to!

    • @redsiberian
      @redsiberian Před rokem +18

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

    • @kishastanley344
      @kishastanley344 Před rokem +14

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

    • @JodyOwen-we6oo
      @JodyOwen-we6oo Před rokem

      Part of why. It’s a cultural and architectural void spread over a useless chunk of an arid wasteland. Because of that it destroys the water rights of half the West.
      LA and Las Vegas are the extremes of America at its very worst.

  • @Lemoncatsf
    @Lemoncatsf Před rokem +88

    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.

  • @josephdavidis
    @josephdavidis Před rokem +45

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

  • @lucaspadilla4815
    @lucaspadilla4815 Před rokem +9

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

    • @MitchellBPYao
      @MitchellBPYao Před 4 měsíci

      If you play LA noire can see traces of the past and see where these buildings are now

  • @laurelbarlow5733
    @laurelbarlow5733 Před rokem +12

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

  • @vintagegal541
    @vintagegal541 Před rokem +66

    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.

  • @DavidRepola
    @DavidRepola Před rokem +47

    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!

  • @mats7492
    @mats7492 Před rokem +17

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

    • @mrxman581
      @mrxman581 Před 11 měsíci +1

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

  • @JoeyChilango
    @JoeyChilango Před rokem +17

    Nothing on the Bradbury Building? Inconceivable!

  • @oliverwhite5567
    @oliverwhite5567 Před rokem +8

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

  • @Mash333
    @Mash333 Před rokem +12

    L.A. is a gem.

  • @susanmurphy958
    @susanmurphy958 Před rokem +28

    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.❤❤❤

    • @mrxman581
      @mrxman581 Před 11 měsíci +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.

  • @letprod
    @letprod Před rokem +17

    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.

    • @JodyOwen-we6oo
      @JodyOwen-we6oo Před rokem +5

      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.

    • @eliaustin8520
      @eliaustin8520 Před rokem +1

      @@JodyOwen-we6ooit’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🙌🏾

  • @DavidinSLO
    @DavidinSLO Před rokem +4

    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”

  • @JeckoSTARlaloo
    @JeckoSTARlaloo Před rokem +10

    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)

  • @jengirl2
    @jengirl2 Před rokem +6

    That Eastern Columbia building… 😍😍😍

  • @davidburgess3882
    @davidburgess3882 Před rokem +7

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

  • @kathythompson9931
    @kathythompson9931 Před rokem +24

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

    • @mrxman581
      @mrxman581 Před 11 měsíci

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

  • @Drezzedtokill
    @Drezzedtokill Před rokem +5

    My beautiful hometown 😢

  • @adriannademadriguera4859

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

  • @Benjorunner
    @Benjorunner Před 11 měsíci +5

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

    • @mrxman581
      @mrxman581 Před 11 měsíci +4

      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.

    • @antoniahamilton3201
      @antoniahamilton3201 Před 10 měsíci +3

      Its awaiting the San Francisco/ LA Bullet Train.

    • @mrxman581
      @mrxman581 Před 10 měsíci

      @@antoniahamilton3201 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.

  • @mjthegray
    @mjthegray Před rokem +25

    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!

  • @bessycorrales6405
    @bessycorrales6405 Před rokem +6

    Beautiful. Thoroughly enjoyed touring these iconic landmarks.

  • @youski9379
    @youski9379 Před rokem +9

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

  • @bngr_bngr
    @bngr_bngr Před rokem +11

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

  • @rhondam2631
    @rhondam2631 Před rokem +7

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

  • @drplando14
    @drplando14 Před rokem +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.

  • @AM-xh6sk
    @AM-xh6sk Před rokem +6

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

  • @Kampy_
    @Kampy_ Před rokem +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!

  • @sbartdbarcelona44
    @sbartdbarcelona44 Před 10 měsíci

    Excellent/informative. Thx you!

  • @danjberg
    @danjberg Před 11 měsíci +1

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

    • @antoniahamilton3201
      @antoniahamilton3201 Před 10 měsíci

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

  • @bernicevanwinkle1769
    @bernicevanwinkle1769 Před 11 měsíci +1

    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!!!!!!

  • @vladeckk21
    @vladeckk21 Před rokem +2

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

  • @lunamypet
    @lunamypet Před 11 měsíci +3

    I hope we get more LA content

  • @nellwarnes7273
    @nellwarnes7273 Před rokem +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.

    • @mrxman581
      @mrxman581 Před 11 měsíci

      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 11 měsíci

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

  • @JasJ8
    @JasJ8 Před 11 měsíci +1

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

  • @LesterPGrant
    @LesterPGrant Před rokem +1

    Stunning post. Thank you!

  • @redsiberian
    @redsiberian Před rokem +5

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

    • @mrxman581
      @mrxman581 Před 11 měsíci

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

  • @swaucepapi
    @swaucepapi Před 11 měsíci

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

  • @johnallred716
    @johnallred716 Před rokem +4

    Nice tour and history lesson! Love DTLA

  • @boidesignstudio28511
    @boidesignstudio28511 Před 11 měsíci

    Great walking tour of Downtown LA! I love it!

  • @Stephen_Lafferty
    @Stephen_Lafferty Před 11 měsíci

    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!

    @GRIFTYRODRIGUEZ Před 11 měsíci +2

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

  • @redhen32
    @redhen32 Před rokem +2

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

  • @lilwill06
    @lilwill06 Před 8 měsíci

    Love the tour. Can you do an architectural tour of downtown Philly next?

  • @jimpickard1620
    @jimpickard1620 Před rokem +1

    Thank you,
    That’s really great!

  • @tati_oak
    @tati_oak Před 11 měsíci +1

    Wow! That's so interesting! Thanks 😊

  • @allermenchenaufder
    @allermenchenaufder Před rokem +2

    The Train station, very romantic 🥰 traveling experience. Always

  • @cesarchoya6961
    @cesarchoya6961 Před 3 měsíci

    As Spanish I get proud to see how many cultural features like architectural linguistic historical may have an impact in a city like LA. An that part of America embrace Spanish heritage. In the other side I realised that sometimes we don’t see the richness of our culture and sometimes degrade ourselves. Notwithstanding I hope visiting LA at least ones. And observe that unique place.

  • @MO-sx7re
    @MO-sx7re Před 11 měsíci

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

  • @jeffpetrie7744
    @jeffpetrie7744 Před rokem +1

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

  • @gedigi9010
    @gedigi9010 Před rokem +2

    Thank You
    What a great tour of L A

  • @joegordon5117
    @joegordon5117 Před rokem

    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.

  • @angelinesarol5616
    @angelinesarol5616 Před 11 měsíci

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

  • @SusanB16
    @SusanB16 Před rokem +2

    Super interesting 👀 thanks for sharing!

  • @serafinacosta7118
    @serafinacosta7118 Před 10 měsíci

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

  • @rossybink
    @rossybink Před rokem +4

    Brilliant, thank you 🙏 ❤

  • @MrBuddygonzo
    @MrBuddygonzo Před 11 měsíci +1

    great video!!!

    @THECHEESIEST Před 3 měsíci

    Friggen loved it. Wish it was a 2 hour doc

  • @ipsilonia
    @ipsilonia Před rokem

    so glad they brought valery back

  • @rodsalvador3608
    @rodsalvador3608 Před 10 měsíci

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

  • @riottonitedragon8344
    @riottonitedragon8344 Před rokem +2

    This was great.

  • @josueruiz305
    @josueruiz305 Před 11 měsíci

    Thank you

  • @abrahamgomez653
    @abrahamgomez653 Před 11 měsíci

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

  • @lisirchin
    @lisirchin Před rokem +3

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

  • @SwissOnZ
    @SwissOnZ Před rokem +1

    Very impressive.

  • @thedrunkweddingphotographer

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

  • @DukeBX
    @DukeBX Před 11 měsíci +1

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

  • @fardrives
    @fardrives Před 10 měsíci

    Do the beautiful architecture of Tent City, LA next!

  • @helmutaugustin3786
    @helmutaugustin3786 Před 4 měsíci

    Very interesting video, thank you so much! Just al little detail: Musée des Confluences (7:22) is in Lyon, not Paris.

  • @deco983
    @deco983 Před rokem


  • @microcosm1957
    @microcosm1957 Před rokem +1

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

  • @eduran777ify
    @eduran777ify Před 11 měsíci

    Make a part 2

  • @marving1416
    @marving1416 Před rokem +3

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

  • @hopperblue934
    @hopperblue934 Před rokem +1

    beautiful way😄

  • @Mooocheropordis
    @Mooocheropordis Před měsícem

    I thought he was using hyperbole when he said the city hall reno was 'seismic', but being L.A he actually meant it!

  • @whitetiger0802
    @whitetiger0802 Před rokem +1

    Do one for San Francisco!!!

  • @raulmiranda737
    @raulmiranda737 Před rokem

    Reminds me of 500 days of summer.

  • @rebeccaj5463
    @rebeccaj5463 Před rokem

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

  • @Izzy-qf1do
    @Izzy-qf1do Před 11 měsíci +2

    I love LA

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  • @WDI2008
    @WDI2008 Před 9 měsíci

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

  • @celsocosta880
    @celsocosta880 Před rokem +1

    Wow nice voice 👏👏👏

  • @Riskmangler
    @Riskmangler Před rokem +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.

  • @joshuabuchanan1141
    @joshuabuchanan1141 Před 10 měsíci

    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

  • @kathleenweinberg6442
    @kathleenweinberg6442 Před rokem +1

    Mansion are big and has lots of space and large rooms

  • @levibates
    @levibates Před rokem +2

    LA is definitely the pentacle of architecture

  • @masonkim7
    @masonkim7 Před 11 měsíci +1

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

  • @huiarama
    @huiarama Před 6 měsíci

    How strong is Art Deco as an influence in Los Angeles as compared to other cities??

  • @arcie3716
    @arcie3716 Před 3 měsíci +1

    Los Angels can be beautiful

  • @yajisc
    @yajisc Před 11 měsíci

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

  • @letBIGGIErest
    @letBIGGIErest Před rokem +1

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

  • @DecoratewithAtefeh
    @DecoratewithAtefeh Před rokem +1

    The number of views on some of the videos on this channel is weird😅

  • @pavel7700
    @pavel7700 Před 11 měsíci +1

    I have seen a lot of this buildings when i payed GTA S.A on PS2

  • @chickachica2129
    @chickachica2129 Před 11 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?? 😊

    • @mrxman581
      @mrxman581 Před 11 měsíci

      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.

  • @errhka
    @errhka Před rokem +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.

  • @chrisslater9514
    @chrisslater9514 Před rokem

    i wanna be this guys friend so bad :’)

  • @OyeKLK6
    @OyeKLK6 Před rokem +1

    I'm sweating just looking at him

  • @ABruin-vw8bi
    @ABruin-vw8bi Před 11 měsíci

    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.

  • @Searchingtheworld7183
    @Searchingtheworld7183 Před 2 měsíci

    Basically,it is the city of the angels.