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This imposing Los Angeles landmark was built in 1896 by architect John Parkinson, and was known as the primary steel-reinforced and fireproof structure in the city. Thereafter, it gained its most popular status, the one that designated the building as home to the wildly popular Grand Central Market. The market replaced its erstwhile occupant, the Ville de Paris Department Store in 1917. The Homer Laughlin Building has since seen several renovations, once in the 1905 and again in the 1990s. The building is also well known for serving as the office of Frank Lloyd Wright, famed American architect, sometime in the roaring twenties.
Grand Park is nestled in downtown Los Angeles along Grand Avenue. Opened to the public in 2012, this 12-acre (4.9-hectare) urban project has been compared to the likes of New York’s Central Park. Located between City Hall and the Music Center, it features verdant lawns and mature trees, interactive fountains and plazas, as well as event spaces. The Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain with its dazzling light effects is the highlight of this landscape. This park is also a regular venue for performing arts, concerts, farmers’ markets and community events.
The Center at Cathedral Plaza is located within the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, CA. This multi-purpose venue is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and is available for a variety of events. They have an in-house catering team who serve delectable preparations and the center is primarily used for weddings, parties and business meetings.
Focusing on the Mexican American experience in Southern California and the greater Los Angeles area, this cultural center celebrates the influence of the culture and its people. La Plaza de Cultura y Artes is located near the site where Los Angeles was founded in 1781 on a sprawling 2.2 acre campus. The center is home to two historic buildings, and a lush public garden. Take a peek at rotating exhibits, partake in an educational program or attend one of their many on-going events.
The Old Plaza Firehouse is a castellated brick building built in 1884 as a firehouse for the Los Angeles area. Nowadays, it is a museum showcasing firefighting equipment and interesting photos of different fire stations of the 19th century around the country. It is an interesting site if you are in the downtown area and want to do something different. Admission is free and guided tours are provided.
This building is Los Angeles' first skyscraper. It was designed and built in 1904 by John Parkinson, who also built the Title Guarantee & Trust Building as well as numerous other downtown buildings. The structure rises 175 feet into the sky and serves as the aging patriarch of the downtown skyline. After it was built, the city of Los Angeles introduced an ordinance saying that no building could be higher than 150 feet. City officials didn't want any buildings taller than this establishment. But City Hall was an exception as was the later Trans America Building, and countless other skyscrapers since.