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Watts Towers

  • 1727 E. 107th St. Map It
  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Updated 03/31/2014

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This trio of delicately wrought spires is the legacy of Simon Rodia, a tile setter who emigrated from Italy to California and erected one of the world's greatest folk-art structures. From 1921 until 1954, without any help, this eccentric man built the three main towers using pipes, bed frames, and anything else he could find. He embellished them with bits of colorful glass, broken pottery, and more than 70,000 seashells.

After a much-needed restoration, it is now

maintained by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The towers are the centerpiece of a state historic park and cultural center, part of an effort by neighborhood leaders to overcome the area's rough history

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Sight Information

Address:

1727 E. 107th St., take I–110 to I–105 east; exit north at S. Central Ave., turn right onto 108th St., left onto Willowbrook Ave., Los Angeles, California, 90002, United States

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Phone:

213-847–4646

Sight Details:

  • $7, includes tour
  • Gallery Wed.–Sat. 10–4, Sun. noon–4; tours Thurs. and Fri. 11–3, Sat. 10:30–3, Sun. 12:30–3

Updated 03/31/2014

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