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Do You Know Your LA Architectural Styles?

LA is one of the most diverse and unique cities in terms of the broad range of architectural styles that you can find on any given corner… a masterpiece can pop up when you least expect it, or you can search out a favorite architect’s work and be there within the hour.

(illustration courtesy of Monica Ahanonu)

A recent CurbedLA article breaks down 16 major styles in and around the city, so read on to hear some of our favorites, and put your design skills to the test by seeing what you recognize. Craftsman vs. Churrigueresque vs. Post Modern? It’s all here in LA!

We had to mention Churrigueresque, because of the beautiful name and intensity of details, inspired from the 18th century Spanish architect José Benito de Churriguera. It’s meant to inspire awe in the observer, and often features inverted columns, scrolls, garlands, and layer upon layer of curved surfaces. LA’s interpretation can be seen at St. Vincent de Paul church on West Adams, Downtown’s Million Dollar Theatre, and at Chapman Plaza in Koreatown.

One of the most amazing structures close to home happens to be a perfect example of Postmodernism at it’s finest. If you haven’t been to Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, it’s a must see.

This genre grew in the 1980s to 2000s, giving a little poke to Modernism’s minimalism, flaunting irregular, fragmentary shapes, bold colors, and visually arresting building materials.

As we mention in our Local Architecture Blog, Spanish Colonial Revival became Southern California’s pre-eminent architectural style and happens to be another one of our faves. This blended mix of Mission Revival, Mexican, Spanish Baroque/Churrigueresque, and Islamic styles, which create homes with low-pitched red tile roofs, painted tile, wrought-iron accents, and arched windows & doorways, are seen in our neighborhoods and most recently in our Angeles Vista listing.

Discover your favorite style!