The Los Angeles Watts Towers (Conservation & Cultural Heritage)
by Bud Goldstone
Publisher's Description
The Watts Towers, located in south central Los Angeles, are the monumental work of one man: Simon Rodia. Born in Ribottoli, Italy circa 1879, Rodia immigrated to the United States when he was approximately fifteen. In 1921, he purchased a triangular-shaped lot on a dead-end Los Angeles street, alongside a railroad track. For the next thirty years he worked single-handedly—without machine equipment, scaffolding, bolts, rivets, welds, or drawing board designs—to build the seventeen sculptures that constitute the Watts Towers. Bud Goldstone has been involved in the preservation of Simon Rodia's Watts Towers since 1959, calling upon his 40 years of professional experience as an engineer. Arloa Paquin Goldstone has been engaged in historic preservation issues in Los Angeles since 1970, and authored the successful proposal to add the Towers to the list of National Historic Landmarks, a distinction awarded in 1990.
ISBN: 0892364912
Publisher: Getty Conservation Institute
Paperback : 120 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 8 x 9.9 x 0.4 inches
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