Unbuilt Los Angeles: Lloyd Wright’s Civic Center

Lloyd Wright Los Angeles Civic Center sketch
Sketch of a proposed Los Angeles Civic Center by Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, commonly known as Lloyd Wright, had his own vision of Los Angeles.

He proposed a massive, multi-tiered Civic Center to house all the city’s public services, including City Hall, county offices, courthouses and police headquarters. An “acropolis for the city,” it would have radically transformed Downtown Los Angeles.

The young Wright submitted the idea in a 1925 competition for redesigns of the city’s historical core. City leaders opted for a different proposal, which only modestly improved the surroundings of City Hall.

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