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Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles


Saturday, February 01, 2014




Mark Taper Auditorium




John Parkinson was the most important architect in Los Angeles at a time when the city was inventing itself. His work includes many of the structures that four decades after his death continue to define the city. Until Stephen Gee wrote the definitive biography, Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles, however, few people really knew the innovations and impact Parkinson made while designing the architectural foundation of the City of Angels. Parkinson is the design genius behind such iconic buildings as City Hall, Bullock’s Wilshire, the Memorial Coliseum, and Grand Central Market. He created the city's first Class "A" steel frame structure, the Homer Laughlin Building (now Grand Central Market), and the city's first skyscraper, the Braly Block, at Fourth and Spring Streets. He designed the city's first world class hotel, the Alexandria, and many of the banks that funded the city’s expansion.

Join author Stephen Gee as he discusses the life and work of this prolific Los Angeles architect.  A book signing will take place immediately following the program, and copies will be available for purchase.

Sponsored by the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection, the Art, Music, & Recreation Department, and Bruckman Rare Books Friends Group.