Since its first publication by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1965, this seminal vade
mecum of Los Angeles architecture has explored every rich potency of the often relentless, but
sometimes—as the authors have captured here—relenting L.A. cityscape. Revised extensively and
updated rigorously since its fifth edition published in 2003, An Architectural Guidebook to
Los Angeles now contains ninety-six sections organized in thirteen geographic chapters,
boasting over 200 new additions to over thousands of entries cataloging every crease of Los
Angeles County’s metropolitan sheath.
Originally written by leading architectural historians Robert Winter—described by Los Angeles
Magazine as both the “spiritual godfather” and “father” of L.A. architecture—and the late,
great David Gebhard, the guide has been revised and edited for a sixth edition by award-winning
L.A. urban walker and Winter’s trusted collaborator Robert Inman. Nathan Masters, historian and
Emmy-award-winning host, producer, and managing editor of KCET’s Lost LA, writes the
An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles, hailed by many as the built L.A.
opus, explores the manmade structures, gardens, parks, and other physical features of a fulgurous
Los Angeles. With singular wit and brio, the authors artfully steward readers through all regions and
styles, from the Spanish Mexican Period to Postmodern, American Take-over to High Tech, and
Beaux-Arts to Craftsman. Sites covered begin with the missions of Spanish California and end with
projects completed in 2017.
Dilettantes and experts, practitioners and students, aficionados and osmotic natives alike: all are
blood type-compatible with this rich and peerless Bible for architecture enthusiasts. All of its own
ilk, this book is thick and alive with a tone of its own making—and doing. A unique style of writing
renders the guide simultaneously funny, tasteful, and historically-comprehensive, all with equal
measure. Gebhard and Winter fill in the diegetic blanks with a droll eye. More than a critical
reference for the bookshelves of scholars, enthusiasts, and practitioners alike, Architecture in
Los Angeles is a faithful snapshot of the city as she lives and breathes.