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Watts Towers, Los Angeles

#11 of 45 in Historic Sites in Los Angeles
Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Monument
The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo ("our town" in Spanish) are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural towers, architectural structures, and individual sculptural features and mosaics within the site of the artist's original residential property in Watts, Los Angeles. The entire site of towers, structures, sculptures, pavement and walls were designed and built solely by Sabato ("Simon") Rodia (1879–1965), an Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason, over a period of 33 years from 1921 to 1954. The tallest of the towers is 99.5 feet (30.3 m). The work is an example of outsider art (or Art Brut) and Italian-American naïve art.
The Watts Towers were designated a National Historic Landmark and a California Historical Landmark in 1990. They are also a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, and one of nine folk art sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places in Los Angeles. The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park encompasses the Watts Towers site.

The Watts Towers are one-half mile (0.8 km) from the 103rd Street/Watts Towers station of the Los Angeles Metro A Line.

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  • Closed for restoration, and the cultural center is closed due to pandemic. The cultural center's parking lot is also closed, so (unmetered) street parking is at a premium.  more »
  • I saw these Towers being Honored and Respected Shrine to the United States of AMERICA, I am very proud of my childhood and the people surrounding this work that shows Love of new found country...  more »
  • Even though the towers were u deer restoration when I visited, I loved seeing this piece of LA history preserved. The artwork in the towers is so intricate and interesting and I loved learning about the artist and how Watts has changed over the years. During the daytime the area felt super safe and I loved how the energy of the art seemed to bleed into the community, with mosaic on people's walls and bright mosaics.
  • Very neat piece of history and now an iconic landmark. The only issue is that you have to take the ~1 hour guided tour to see something that you could be done with on your own in about 20 minutes.

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