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OUTSIDE: the big bowl
Posted by Cerentha Harris on 7/08/2007

HARRY: Loved reading Sal’s shoe adventures. I too have wandered the halls of Zappos and felt completely overwhelmed. But today I wanted to rant about Los Angeles. It’s such an ugly city. One vast undisciplined sprawl. The thing that saves it for me are the architectural gems. Think the Eames house, Schindler’s house with its outdoor sleeping chambers and the wonderful Arts and Crafts Gamble house. Last night I was reminded that the Hollywood Bowl is one of those gems. (It also helped that we saw three amazing bands, The Decemberists who played with the LA Philarmonic, Andrew Bird and Band of Horses). In 1928 Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, Lloyd Wright designed the nine concentric arches that form the bowl. It reflects perfectly that time - unornamented, curvilinear. Modern. And it is still the largest natural amphitheater in the US. For more on the Bowl and other important LA buildings check out the excellent book, Iconic LA by Gloria Koenig.

Categories: Architecture, Books

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