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Watts Towers, Los Angeles

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#11 of 21 in Historic Sites in Los Angeles
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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  • August 5, 2017
    Standing outside the fence, looking in at the installations, you may be underwhelmed, as some have been. However, take the time to go into the adjacent centre, watch the short film and do the tour & y...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    It's really nothing to look at. Not even sure why it's on the list of things to see and do. I guess it matters for some reason.  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    Towers built with recyclable materials that were shown in the film La La Land, so I became famous. Built manually by one person, took 30 years to get ready. The ticket costs $7. I think the tour well expendable, not to mention the fact that the neighborhood is not very safe.
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  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • May 17, 2017
    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.
  • June 26, 2017
    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...
  • February 27, 2017
    Very amazing towers. What one man did. Our guide was very interesting and answered all our questions. Cool to see this kind of LA
  • January 10, 2017
    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.

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