Watts Towers, Los Angeles

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    Watts Towers

    by malianrob Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Built by an Italian immigrant, Simon Rodia, that took him over 33 years to build. I used to work in the City of Lynwood and i would take the 105 freeway to work everyday. I would always see the sign "watts towers next exit" but had never stopped to check it out until now. It is made from pieces of ceramic tile, (the famous Malibu tile), sea shells and broken glass.
    The towers are located at 1765 E. 107th St, Watts, CA

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    Watts Towers

    by raraavis Updated Nov 14, 2005

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    Watts Towers were designed and built by Italian born artist Simon Rodia using simple tile setting tools. The towers are decorated with multi-colored broken glass, ceramic tiles, and sea shells. Rodia completed the towers in the 1950's after more than 30 years of solo work. Talk about determination and dedication.

    Watts Towers survived demolition order and Watts civil riots in the 1960's. Finally, it was designated as a historical landmark and renovated in the 1980's.

    Watts Towers Art Center is at 1727 E. 107 Street in Watts, about 30 minutes from downtown LA. Watts is not the best neighborhood. The area around Watts Towers is fairly safe. The people are very friendly.

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    Watts Towers.

    by u4me2byte Updated Feb 6, 2005

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    sorry it is sideways

    Here you go for a quick tour.
    You can go and check out the Watts Towers.
    Most people in Los Angeles have not even seen them. Probably because it's location.
    It is located off the 105 freeway. Also it is not in one of the safest areas. But you can go in the morning between 9am and noon. It probably is not safe in the evenings. That is a good time to check them out. It is located at 1727 e 107th st. To get there you take the 105 freeway to wilmington Ave, go north to 103rd st. turn left to Graham then left on 107th st.

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