All Cleaned Up

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, one of Frank Gehry’s architectural wonders and my favorite building in LA, was getting a much needed bath today, just in time for Opera and Concert season openings. I thought I’d document it. 🙂  dishall-web-dsc_7427dishall-web-dsc_7428dishall-web-dsc_7499

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Architecture

In this Architecture challenge, Cee asks us to share whatever types of buildings appeal to us. I am a huge fan of architectural photography and of contemporary architecture. I love exciting, unconventional buildings (that’s why Los Angeles-based Frank Gehry is my favorite architect), but I also appreciate other styles. Here some favorites from California and Chicago. Some are quirky… 🙂

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Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA. “Deconstructivist” style building. Architect: Frank Gehry, 2003.

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Santa Barbara Courthouse, Santa Barbara, CA. Spanish Colonial Revival style building. Architect: William Mooser III (1929).

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The Chicago Tribune Tower, Chicago, IL. Neo-Gothic style building. Architects: John M. Howells and Raymond Hood (1925).

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The John Hancock Center, Chicago, IL. Structural Expressionist style building. Architects: Fazlur Khan and Bruce Graham (1969).

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The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA. Modernist style building. Architects: Richard Meier and Michael Palladino (1997).

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The Binoculars Building (Google’s offices in LA), Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA. Postmodern style building. Architect: Frank Gehry (1991)

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Union Station, Los Angeles, CA. Combined Modern, Art Deco, Mission/Spanish Revival style building. Architects: Johan and Donal Parkinson (1939).

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The Norton House, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA. Post Modern style beach house. A special feature is the office or the “lookout” tower up front, facing the ocean. It is very reminiscent of the lifeguard huts found along the beach. Architect: Frank Gehry (1986).

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Frank Gehry Masterpieces~~

Frank Gehry, my favorite architect in the world, is a Canadian-born American architect who calls Los Angeles home. A number of his buildings, including his private residence in Santa Monica, and his most famous designs, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Lost Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, have become world-renowned attractions. Gehry’s recent and ongoing projects include a new Guggenheim facility in Abu Dhabi, the new Facebook headquarters in California, and a memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, D.C., slated to be constructed at the foot of Capitol Hill. This month, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has a special exhibit of Gehry’s body of work from the early 1960s—when he established his firm in Los Angeles—to the present, including his current work. I went to see it and, as always, was mesmerized by Gehry’s genius. He is more than an architect: he is an artist. His buildings are gigantic sculptures and, while not for everyone’s taste, they are at very least impressive. I am a huge fan and have photographed several of his buildings around L.A. and in other places. I’ll share some of them here along with their respective models, which are featured in the exhibit.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Small Subjects

Relatively Small… Model of Frank Gehry’s Louis Vuitton Foundation Building, Paris-FranceSmallSubjects-B&W_DSC0102

Really Small… Hummingbird on WireSmallSubject_DSC0395

See other entries for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Small Subjects