Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Downtown LA

What is this??!
Steel butterfly with fanning wing?
It's the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Bunker Hill Downtown LA
- designed by Frank Gehry,
opened in 2003
The acoustic of the hall is said to be the best in US
- the hall is also home for LA Philharmonic

Esa-Pekka Salonen made his U.S. conducting debut with 
the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1984. 
His initial reaction was as follows:
"I had no idea what to expect. 
But the one thing that I didn't expect was when an older player came to talk to me 
after the first concert and said, 
'Consider this your future home.' 
Something was going on, because I felt the same. 
I sensed with an absolute certainty that this orchestra, 
in whatever way, was going to be a very important part of my life. Always." 
He has conducted the orchestra every season since.

Office buildings and 
nowadays more and more residential lofts as well
Street art on Broadway
- several blocks of the Broadway are
dominated by Latino retailers,
ancient theatres and jewellers
Most of the buildings are  relatively new,
this one looks a bit older with the ceiling ornaments
Financial & business district
with striking skyscrapers

Below some pics of the oldest part of Los Angeles
El Pueblo in Downtown LA

Pico House
- California's last Mexican governor Pio Pico
constructed the 3-story Pico House in 1870
- the Italianate building was for many years
the area's finest hotel
Plaza Methodist Church
Street vendors on North Main Street in El Pueblo

El Pueblo de la Reina de los Angeles,
the oldest part of the city,
was founded in 1781
by Felipe de Neve

Old Plaza Church
- the city's oldest church
Candles in the courtyard of the Old Plaza Church
Churros (a Spanish-Mexican fried bread)
sold at the Plaza
Colourful Mexican dresses,
leather haraches,
sold along Olvera Street
- the pedestrian street was preserved in the 1930s 
as a Mexican market place
by a local civic leader Christine Sterling

Avila Adobe
- the oldest existing house in Los Angeles
- it is furnished as it would have been in the late 1840s

Below Little Tokyo
The Japanese Village Plaza
with shops, markets, restaurants and temples
The first Japanese settles here in 1884
So Japanese!
Beautifully decorated pedestrian crossing
A traditional fire watchtower marks 
the plaza's First Street entrance
Garden of a Japanese temple
Cute & happy looking figure

Welcome to Chinatown
- the ornate East Gate

LA's first Chinatown was established in 1870
- today it's the home for 12.000 people 
who live and work in this colourful district
Brightly painted buildings that have
exaggerated pagoda-style roofs
Chinese fish monger

The Chinatown of LA is on smaller scale 
than in San Francisco.

Civic Center:
Headquarters of LAPD
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
- opened in 2002

Door of Dance
Part of the Music Center
including opera, ballet, musical and dance theatres

It was a long walk in Downtown LA
- there's a good parking place in Walt Disney Hall
with flat rate

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