Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect Of Los Angeles

June 1, 2013|
Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect Of Los Angeles by Stephen Gee
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Architect John Parkinson died in 1935, and the Los Angeles Times praised him: “Future generations have only to walk through the streets of Los Angeles to be reminded how much John Parkinson in his lifetime contributed to the city that grew up under his hand.” In Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles, author Stephen Gee proves that this singular visionary created the look of America’s most dynamic metropolis, long before the world recognized the city’s importance. Consider that among more than four hundred buildings in the City of Angels that carried his architectural imprimatur, John Parkinson designed:

  • Los Angeles City Hall, the most iconic building in California, the tower that changed a futuristic city’s skyline forever;
  • Bullock’s Wilshire, the towering structure that rivals the Chrysler Building as America’s premier Art Deco edifice;
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the world’s only modern stadium to host two Olympic Games, 1932 and 1984—and still home to the USC Trojans;
  • Los Angeles Union Station, the Mission-Moderne-Art Deco masterpiece that brought together California’s railroads and became a legend before the first trains roared in.

Los Angeles was a small town plunked amid wide-open spaces when John Parkinson arrived in 1894. Before the century turned, he was already shaping the identity of the fledgling town through architectural innovation. Like the importance of the city he loved, Parkinson’s impact shot skyward: he conceived the first skyscraper in Los Angeles and introduced its first steel-frame structures.

And yet, does anyone really know his name? No libraries hold books devoted to his work. No classes are devoted to his designs in architecture schools. It is almost impossible to believe, but no author has significantly presented a study of John Parkinson. Until now.

Stephen Gee is a writer and television producer based in Los Angeles. He is the author of Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles (Angel City Press), and co-author, with Arnold Schwartzman, of Los Angeles Central Library: A History of its Art and Architecture (Angel City Press), which won the 2015 Glenn Goldman Awar...
Title:Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect Of Los Angeles
Product dimensions:208 pages, 12 X 9 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:208 pages, 12 X 9 X 1 in
Published:June 1, 2013
Publisher:Gibbs Smith
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781626400085

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