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Iconic Vision: John Parkinson Architect of Los Angeles

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 10/29/2013 12:36:00 PM


Stephen Gee is the author of Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles. In his book, he describes how Parkinson came from working class England and went on to design some of the buildings that most say "LA" from City Hall to Bullock's Wilshire. Parkinson took a risk coming to LA at a time when it was considered just an outpost. In Los Angeles, he found a city asking what it wanted to be and putting no limits on the answer. I spoke with Stephen at one of Parkinson's creations, Union Station, about what drove the architect and why he thinks there should be a statue of Parkinson right next to Tommy Trojan on the USC campus.


photo by Susie Goodman

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