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L A Lost & Found: An Architectural History of Los Angeles (California Architecture & Architects) Paperback – June, 2000

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A fully illustrated evocation of the rich architectural history that has given Los Angeles its unique character. A loving, provocative appeal to the rising pride and design consciousness of Angelenos, and anyone who has ever been entranced by the City of Angels. Full-color and black-and-white photographs. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Series: California Architecture & Architects (Book 21)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hennessey & Ingalls; Reprint of the Crown 1987 edition; edition (June 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940512238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940512238
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,973,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Yacoub on March 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
Sam Hall Kaplan does a great job of telling us about the city we live in but know very little about. The book is very informative, and it is surprising to find out about the history of this great city of ours. As a resident of the city of Los Angeles, I find this book encouraging me to go out and discover a place that I have live in for my whole love and know very little about. All time periods are covered, and it is very educational to find out about our local museums and historical sites. This book is inciteful and I recommend it to anyone who has time to read it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doug Duke on August 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an extraordinary collection of images and information that effectively chronicles Los Angeles' ongoing architectural legacy.
The title refers to the achievements already lost (in a physical sense), such as the famous Dodge House, to those that should be or must be recognized as landmarks, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House and Ennis-Brown House, as well as the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Greenacres mansion, to The Crystal Cathedral and Union Station. Structures encompassed by a liberal extension of Los Angeles' metro area throughout southern California are also included.
Hopefully, future editions of this book will include larger photographs, more color photographs, and a full index for easier reference to the specific contents.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2002
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In LA Lost and Found, Sam Kaplan not only provides a cover to cover pictorial history of Los Angeles, but also tells the story of how Los Angeles came to become a unique city. Kaplan starts his narrative in the early 1800's when Los Angeles' population was beginning to grow and continues into the late 1990's when there were not enough buildings to hold its population. Kaplan describes how Los Angeles developed architecturally over the years. Starting as a coastal desert, Los Angeles began as a mission and slowly expanded with adobe houses, and did not even resemble a town until the first church was built. Today, Los Angeles can be considered nothing short of a large, sprawling city. Buildings may be made of brick or wood or glass, and have arches or stilts or windmills. They may be built at the ocean side, on a mountainside or along a lake, or next to stores, museums, or parks, and still be located in the city of Los Angeles. Los Angeles began as small adobe houses and grew into a "gazpacho" of architectural styles. Kaplan shows how Los Angeles' vast array of architectural styles provides visible evidence of the history and development of the city.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Vidrio on March 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is a great chronological review of Los Angeles shown from an architectual point of view. This book is written by Sam Hall Kaplan, a well known Los Angeles writer, who is most popular for his 20+ years of writing for the Los Angeles Times. The book goes into greater detail providing some history behind each picture taken.
The book starts off with the basic history of Los Angeles and the progressively moves toward the metropolis that Los Angeles has grown to be. Without any doubt this book is a great tool for finding both the history behind Los Angeles and for seeing the amazing archiological structes that make L.A.
If your looking for a fun and amazing book, this is a book you must get your hands on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AH on March 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
I had to read Kaplan's LA Lost & Found for my english 102 class at Cal State Univ. of L.A. At first it seems like yet another boring architectual photograph book, but after you browse through a few of its pages you get a different feeling from the book. The feeling that you've actually been given the chance to see the City of Los Angeles the way it was before all the hoopla and constant rebuilding. Kaplan covers the aesthetic change of Los Angeles over a span of many decades. By using high quality photographs he presents us with the past of Los Angeles, such as the trolley cars, old hollywood, and inventive new style of architectual design. Even though we only read three chapters of the book for my class, this book is still and interesting piece of work to have in your home or office so people get flip through it and view the many brilliant photographs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Kohn on March 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
L A Lost & Found was a very good resource for the "history" of how the City of Angels developed into what it is now. However, if you are looking for a book which shows the awesome beauty of LA's prominent architectural sites - which can take your breath away - this is not the book you want to buy. I found the book akward. The format seems clumsy and lacking. There is no index. The content didn't seem to follow any patterns that were discernable to me. Despite the photos by the revered and excellent Julius Shulman - I just thought this book came up short. It seems to me to be an average sort of book. You might very well have a different take on this book. But I would not recommend it unless you have a full library on LA architecture before buying this one.
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