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The 30 most beautiful buildings in Los Angeles

We searched LA's skyline and swanky residences to find our favorite examples of the city's architectural excellence

Photograph: Courtesy LA Phil
Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Don’t let the stocky skyline fool you: Los Angeles is full of beautiful buildings. We’d like to think that what we lose in height we make up for in diversity, from 18th-century missions to 21st-century institutions. Though it was no easy task, we narrowed down LA’s finest Googie gas stations, Art Deco towers and mid-century masterpieces to just 30 of our favorites. Of course, some of the city’s most dazzling designs are locked away behind wrought iron gates and hidden among the celebrity-filled hills—we decided instead to focus on buildings that you can feasibly visit or tour without raising any alarms.

Start the countdown to find out our picks for the 30 most beautiful buildings in Los Angeles, and when you’re finished, let us know if you agree or disagree, see what LA’s architecture experts had to say and scope out some of the city’s ugliest edifices.

Start the countdown

Start the countdown

Find out our picks for LA's 30 most beautiful buildings.

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The experts' picks

The experts' picks

We asked professors, architects and historians to name their top LA buildings.

Have your say

Have your say

We've shared our picks—but do you agree? Now's your chance to let us know.

Most beautiful buildings mapped

Most beautiful buildings mapped

Want to see LA's most beautiful buildings in person? Use this map to find the ones closest to you.

The 10 ugliest buildings in LA

The 10 ugliest buildings in LA

We love you, LA, but these ugly buildings are just begging to meet the wrecking ball.

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