Central Library, Los Angeles
Central Library on 5th St.
OK, maybe a library is not the typical tourist site but it is an intriguing place speaking from an architectural standpoint. Also, there is an on-going exhibit area and art gallery. There is a beautiful little park-like setting which serves as a place where people can relax. If you would like to have a nice dining experience with an Euro-style atmosphere, go to Café Pinot, just steps away from the library. Expect a review of this place one day!!
630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 - (213) 228-7000
In my opinion Downtown Los Angeles' Central Library is one of the most beautiful book repositories in the world. The original library was opened in 1926, but because of several arson fires much of it was destroyed. The current library is an interesting mix of old and new.
There is a stunning atrium that goes up and down 4 stories each. Be sure to take a docent tour to learn about the fascinating history of the library, the unique art & architecture, and some of the legends surrounding the structure.
If you're not convinced yet, check out the highly entertaining "Urban Legends" section of the website (http://www.lapl.org/central/urbanleg.html), where you'll learn why the Library isn't in the Library Tower, the building blown up in Independence Day & tallest in LA. Also, the "Art & Architecture" section is really interesting (http://www.lapl.org/central/tours/central-aa.html), where you'll learn why the ceiling mural is off-center and where you can find a complete zodiac in the Library.
But definitely try to go and see all of this for yourself. it's worth the trip. If you can't, check out my travelogue!