LA Architecture Tours, Sightseeing & Tourism

Pudleaux Tourism offers a variety of Architecture Tours in Los Angeles, California.
Featuring the Silver Lake Neutra Tour and LA Frank Lloyd Wright Tour

Los Angeles Architecture Tours: Westin Bonaventure Hotel: John Portman & Associates, 1974-1976

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Shopping Gallery, designed by architects John Portman & Associates, is one of the most architecturally outspoken structures in downtown Los Angeles. Though not defined by its height, the Westin Bonaventure peaks the curiosities of those viewing this funky structure with its multi-cylindrical composition, exposed elevators, and reflective glass. The building is especially distinct when viewed from the 110 freeway and poses queries concerning its function and inhabitants to those seeing it for the first time. 


Built 1974-1976, the Westin Bonaventure was conceived during the time when modern architecture began shifting to post-modern architecture, and blurs the lines between the two architectural movements. Its materials are undeniably modern: glass and concrete; though its form dramatically strays from the typically rectilinear form of the International Style. The building is aesthetically fantastic, but its heavy base of concrete can be somewhat disinviting to the passerby, as a fortress not to be disturbed. The interior, like the exterior, is a feast for the eyes with its six-story atrium, but can be somewhat disorienting to navigate. Regardless of its imperfections, the Westin Bonaventure is an icon of Los Angeles architecture.


The Westin Bonaventure Hotel is seen on the LA Architecture Tour and the LA Highlights Tour