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Watts Towers, Los Angeles

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The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural structures within the Simon Rodia State Historic Park in the Watts community of Los Angeles. The tallest of the towers reaches a height of over 99ft. The towers and walls were designed and built by Sabato Rodia, an Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason, over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. The work is an example of outsider art and Italian-American naïve art.The Watts Towers are located near the 103rd Street/Watts Towers Los Angeles Metro station of the Los Angeles County Metro Rail Blue Line, and off the I-105 Century Freeway. They were designated a National Historic Landmark and a California Historical Landmark in 1990. They are also a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, and on the National Register of Historic Places in Los Angeles.
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  • You will not be disappointed. Great way to spend a hour or two. Take the tour, watch the movie in the museum and look at some local art. Our tour guide, Howard, was funny, informative and kind.  more »
  • I didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised!! I was there on a Wednesday and unfortunately the museum is open Thursday to Sunday. I walked around the towers and got a brochure from the...  more »
  • Growing up in SoCal I had heard of these towers but knew nothing about them. It took moving out of the country and then returning as a visitor for me to make the trip into L.A. to see them. If you are...  more »
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  • We visited this place over 50 years ago and wanted to see it again with a group. Enjoyed the visit but not really worth the effort if you have something else to do.
  • I've yet to see these towers in person but I think it's amazing anyway. It doesn't matter what the neighborhood is like. This is about one mans determination to make a difference. He gave people a reason to visit that town and I bet at least everyone in that town knows what he created. He proved that one man can make a difference even if he has to do it all by himself.
  • Tremendous insight into some of Los Angeles' unsung history, and one of the most outstanding examples of the vital contribution made by her immigrant population. Everyone who visits L.A. should see it in person and take the tour. Forget Spacex & Silicon Beach and visit the launching pad of LA's cultural mothership...
  • Very amazing towers. What one man did. Our guide was very interesting and answered all our questions. Cool to see this kind of LA
  • As seen in a few music videos and there's a very similar landmark in the video game "Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas". I got there by taking the metro from Long Beach and getting off at Watts. Then it's a 5 to 10 minute walk to the Towers. I was a bit wary of walking through Watts/Compton but it was hassle free visit. Worth a look if you're in the area or passing through.