Griffith Observatory 2900 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles, California. Built in 1935. During a trip to Europe, self proclaimed colonel, Griffith J. Griffith came to the realization that his home, Los Angeles, lacked a great park and considered it his obligation to make the city a happy, clean and fine city. He soon after (1896) donated 3,015 acres of land to the city in order to create a park. After a separate trip to a research observatory at Mount Wilson in 1904, Griffith decided that astronomy and science needed to be more publicly accessible, leading to a large monetary gift for the observatory to be built on his donated land.  The Griffith Observatory was used in World War II to train pilots as well as in the 1960’s to train the Apollo astronauts for their first lunar missions. 

Griffith Observatory

2900 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles, California.

Built in 1935.

During a trip to Europe, self proclaimed colonel, Griffith J. Griffith came to the realization that his home, Los Angeles, lacked a great park and considered it his obligation to make the city a happy, clean and fine city. He soon after (1896) donated 3,015 acres of land to the city in order to create a park. After a separate trip to a research observatory at Mount Wilson in 1904, Griffith decided that astronomy and science needed to be more publicly
accessible, leading to a large monetary gift for the observatory to be built on his donated land. 

The Griffith Observatory was used in World War II to train pilots as well as in the 1960’s to train the Apollo astronauts for their first lunar missions. 

Bayview Opera House 4705 3rd Street, San Francisco, California. Built in 1888. Originally named the South San Francisco Opera House, this building was built in conjunction with a Masonic Hall that was demolished in 1975. With a claim to be San Francisco's oldest existing theater, it was created to serve as a cultural building with a public social hall for gatherings and entertainment and still serves as an accessible location for the community today.   Designed by architect Henry Geilfuss, the opera house mixes Italianate, Gothic, Eastlake, and Stik elements in a defining Victorian style to San Francisco during the time of construction.

Bayview Opera House

4705 3rd Street, San Francisco, California.

Built in 1888.

Originally named the South San Francisco Opera House, this building was built in conjunction with a Masonic Hall that was demolished in 1975. With a claim to be San Francisco's oldest existing theater, it was created to serve as a cultural building with a public social hall for gatherings and entertainment and still serves as an accessible location for the community today.   Designed by architect Henry Geilfuss, the opera house mixes Italianate, Gothic, Eastlake, and Stik elements in a defining Victorian style to San Francisco during the time of construction.

Randy's Donuts 805 West Manchester Avenue, Inglewood, California. Built in 1953.  Located near the Los Angeles International Airport, Randy’s Donuts is a bakery and landmark that is a prime example of programmatic architecture — buildings and structures built in unusual shapes for the purpose of advertising. The donut measures 32.5 ft and was featured on the ten original locations of the Big Donut Drive-In chain (two were smaller, 23 ft versions,) and four donuts still remain standing. 

Randy's Donuts

805 West Manchester Avenue, Inglewood, California.

Built in 1953. 

Located near the Los Angeles International Airport, Randy’s Donuts is a bakery and landmark that is a prime example of programmatic architecture — buildings and structures built in unusual shapes for the purpose of advertising.

The donut measures 32.5 ft and was featured on the ten original locations of the Big Donut Drive-In chain (two were smaller, 23 ft versions,) and four donuts still remain standing. 

Pioneer Donuts 20931 Pioneer Boulevard, Lakewood, California.

Pioneer Donuts

20931 Pioneer Boulevard, Lakewood, California.

Cecil Hotel (Stay on Main) 636 South Main Street, Los Angeles, California. Built in 1924. The Cecil Hotel is a 600 room hotel known for transient patrons, several suicides, deadly accidents, criminal activity, housing two serial killers, and mysterious disappearances.  With such widespread “paranormal” activity and violent crime, the Stay on Main (as it was rebranded in 2011) has inspired the loosely based-on story of the American Horror Story: Hotel season. 

Cecil Hotel (Stay on Main)

636 South Main Street, Los Angeles, California. Built in 1924.

The Cecil Hotel is a 600 room hotel known for transient patrons, several suicides, deadly accidents, criminal activity, housing two serial killers, and mysterious disappearances. 

With such widespread “paranormal” activity and violent crime, the Stay on Main (as it was rebranded in 2011) has inspired the loosely based-on story of the American Horror Story: Hotel season.