6 Art Deco Landmarks To Look Out For While Running The LA Marathon
So the race is finally here! I don’t know about you but sometimes the long, extensive route can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, there’s a lot of scenery. In fact, some of the cornerstones of LA’s finest architecture from the Art Deco era stands front and center across the race’s 26.2-mile course.
Art Deco was a movement right after World War I in which buildings starting looking borderline futuristic. With a wide array of shapes, colors, and materials, to this day, structures built during that time stand out from the crowd (in a good way). Because Los Angeles really started becoming the city we now know today around that time, neighborhoods from Downtown LA to Santa Monica are filled with Art Deco masterpieces.
That’s even why BlacklistLA’s tank for this year’s race designed by Erika Granberry, was inspired by that storied era. We specifically drew inspiration from the 1932 Summer Olympics held, among other places, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Have some fun while on the run, play tourist while you discover some of these landmarks below:
In my opinion, one of the dopest looking government buildings around. Standing at 453 feet tall, City Hall is a sight to behold and has been featured in countless movies like L.A. Confidential. It’s even capable of withstanding an earthquake of up to 8.2 in magnitude.
Built in 1923, the Vista is a single screen movie theater from Hollywood’s early days. You’ll run into this place when Sunset Blvd intersects leading you to Hollywood Blvd heading west.
Gifted to the city by oil heiress Aline Barnsdall in 1926, this East Hollywood Park often gets overlooked, but don’t sleep on it. With the Hollyhock House and breathtaking views of the surrounding neighborhoods, Barnsdall Art is worth an afternoon visit.
If you want to see a Broadway musical in Los Angeles, the Pantages is the place to be. Built in 1930, this theater sits directly across from the Hollywood/Vine Metro station and features perhaps the most handsome marquee of all the theaters in Old Hollywood.
5. Sunset Tower
Sitting right on the Strip, the Sunset Tower is a brooding Art Deco (specifically Art Moderne) masterpiece. With its sharp shapes and pink and yellow accents, this place deserves more attention as a landmark. Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and more celebrities had been residents in its heyday.
This one’s kind of a cheat. In 1982, Beverly Hills added to their famous Spanish Renaissance-style City Hall with the Civic Center. Without knowing, this place could easily be mistaken for a structure from the 30, but with its clean lines and poppy colors, we’ll let it slide.