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Slideshow: Los Angeles Architecture 1940-1990 At The Getty

The Getty Center opened the exhibit Overdrive: L.A. Constructs The Future 1940-1990 this week and it is fantastic! The show is part of the Pacific Standard Time modern architecture initiative and ties together Valley tract homes, aerospace, googie coffee shops, and the cutting edge Venice architects of the 1970s into a grand exploration of the era architectural historian Alan Hess calls "Imperial California." Here are some favorites. Little known masterpieces like Gardena's Starlite Club mingle with icons like the LAX theme building in this must-see show that reinvents the way we think about midcentury L.A.

 

Photograph credits:

LAX, Theme Building by Pereira & Luckman, Welton Becket & Associates, and Paul R. Williams, 1958
Pencil, watercolor, and gouache on board
Unframed: 76.5 x 101.6 cm (30 1/8 x 40 in.)
From the Alan E. Leib Collection
Image courtesy of and © Luckman Salas O’Brien
EX.2013.3.16

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, by Welton Becket & Associates, ca. 1960
Watercolor on paper, board
Image: 50.2 x 94.2 cm (19 3/4 x 37 1/16 in.)
The Getty Research Institute
© J. Paul Getty Trust
2010.M.83.3

Capitol Records: elevations, by Louis Naidorf of Welton Becket & Associates ,1954
Pencil on coated tracing cloth with added black screen tone
Sheet: 71.6 x 106.8 cm (28 3/16 x 42 1/16 in.)
The Getty Research Institute
© J. Paul Getty Trust
2010.M.83.5

Sinai Temple; perspective view, by Sidney Eisenshtat, 1959
Pencil, watercolor, and gouache on board
Unframed: 50.2 x 72.9 cm (19 3/4 x 28 11/16 in.)
Courtesy of the USC Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library
© Sidney Eisenshtat Estate
EX.2013.3.307

Rail Rapid Transit Now!, by Rapid Transit Action Group, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, 1948
Ink on paper
Closed (each): 28 x 21.9 cm (11 x 8 5/8 in.)
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library & Archive
EX.2013.3.172

Century Plaza Hotel; perspective of exterior sunken plaza, by Minoru Yamasaki and Carlos Diniz, 1962
Screenprint
Unframed: 66 x 101.6 cm (26 x 40 in.)
Courtesy of the Diniz family archive and Edward Cella Art and Architecture
EX.2013.3.63

Romeo’s Times Square Restaurant; exterior corner perspective, by
Armet & Davis, 1955
Pencil on paper
Unframed: 55.9 x 160 cm (22 x 63 in.)
Collection of Armet Davis Newlove Architects

LAX, Theme Building by Pereira & Luckman, Welton Becket &
Associates, and Paul R. Williams, 1958
Pencil, watercolor, and gouache on board
Unframed: 76.5 x 101.6 cm (30 1/8 x 40 in.)
From the Alan E. Leib Collection
Image courtesy of and © Luckman Salas O’Brien
EX.2013.3.16
EX.2013.3.21