Architecture / Los Angeles

Watts Towers: Steel Spires in the Sky, Los Angeles’ Version of Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia

Often compared to Spanish architect Antoni Guadi’s Sagrada Família, the Watts Towers is an outside art structure that the Cultural Heritage Commission of Los Angeles designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990. Italian immigrant Simon Rodia kept construction of the Watts Towers simple. He worked at railroad camps, rock quarries and as a logger. In the early 1920s he bought an empty lot …