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Watts Towers, Los Angeles

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Architectural Building
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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  • It is handmade Tower appeared suddenly ordinary residential area. Close to the patchwork of repairs later, it was packed with feeling. From there proceed like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
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  • Watts towers are surely something unusual to see in this huge city and probably throughout the rest of the world. A monument that remains as one of a kind, which was built only with the use of makeshi...  more »
  • An eccentric old man built the watts towers out of broken bottles, plates, wire hangers and seashells in the 1920s. Today you can see it from the street and take pictures if you're so inclined or you ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • These towers are not in the best neighborhood in the world, but it was safe for us. I explained the history of the towers before we even got there, from Texas, and they found the towers very interesting. They paid close attention to the materials used.
  • This is a really cool exhibit. It is amazing what one man can do. It is in a little rougher area of LA so not many people are there, so you can get up close without having to deal with crowds. There are walk through tours available and there is a self guided tour around the outside.
  • If you are in the neighborhood stop by and check it out... I'd like to know what this guys neighbors thought when he started building this...