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Address: 141 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Cross street: W 1st St)
Neighborhood: Downtown
Specifics: NFT Pick
Phone: 323-850-2000
Website: www.laphil.com
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Posted by:  Khurram Siddiqi

My dad's an architect, and when I was leaving Pakistan for USC, he told me how this "Frank Gehry" person went to my school and had managed to defy traditional construction techniques by doing only what he thought had to be done. There's something temple-like about this place, not for the music venue and the crowd it attracts, but because of the indifference it spews towards the rest of the architecture around it. Let's face it, Downtown LA's architecture isn't as iconic as Chicago's or many other cities. With this building however, LA's been able to breathe easy again as far as just the downtown area is concerned. Every city needs to hit something out of the park. In my opinion, this is probably it for Los Angeles. West LA, the coastal towns--they can't save LA's reputation. They're outer portions of it. There's a LOT of otherwise classic, and beautiful architecture in downtown, but since most development seems to have taken place away from this part of town, the Walt Disney Hall does more for Downtown's rejuvenation than all the other recent modern architecture. Thanks Frank.

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Walking in LA
Posted by:  Rob Tallia

If you've just driven by this hellishly overbuilt architectural masterpiece by Frank Gehry, or if you've just blazed in and out for a performance and didn't dawdle, you've missed out on perhaps the Disney's best-kept secret: its outdoor areas. Who knew, for instance, about the great fountain sculpture at the back of the hall on its top outdoor garden level? Or the fact that it's a destination for wedding photographers? Or that there are enough outdoor staircases to get wonderfully lost in, while you're staring at angled steel panels that don't seem to lead anywhere (yet do)? Essentially the Disney is another one of several reasons (along with the Caltrans HQ, Grand Central Market, the Bradbury Building, and Japantown) why you can actually get out and WALK around downtown LA and enjoy yourself. So grab some pupusas at the market and munch on them in one of the Disney's fab outdoor secret spaces--and please send an extra pupusa to our offices in NYC, 2 East Broadway, 4th Floor, NY NY 10038, c/o Rob. Thanks.

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