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  • Proposed Downey Office Building

    Frank Lloyd Wright doing mushrooms in the Hollywood Hills? A Disneyland ride running through L.A.? If these sound like surreal futuristic visions, they are. And you can see actual plans for these…   Read the Article

  • Proposed Downey Office Building

    "Never Built: Los Angeles," the A+D Museum's most recent exhibit, features fanciful plans that didn't make it past the drawing board, by world famous architects – for better or worse.   See the Gallery

  • Tower of Civilization

    Published 08/15/13 in Places
    Tower of Civilization

    This plan for a "Tower of Civilization," imagined by William H. Evans in 1939, was designed to rival the world's tallest and most impressive skyscrapers at the time.   See the Image

  • Los Angeles Natural History Museum Addition

    As recently as 2002, Stephen Holl came up with a plan for this Los Angeles Natural History Museum Addition that would have wrapped the building in a new glass facade and added a tower with…   See the Image

  • Santa Monica Offshore Freeway

    Published 08/15/13 in Places
    Santa Monica Offshore Freeway

    This rendering shows an ill-fated, 1965 plan for a causeway in Santa Monica Bay. It was envisioned by John Drescher for the firm of Moffatt & Nichol. Sure, it would have lightened up the traffic…   See the Image

  • Proposed LAX Terminal

    Published 08/15/13 in Places
    Proposed LAX Terminal

    This 1952 plan by Pereira and Luckman for a terminal at Los Angeles International called for an expansive glass ceiling with a world map etched into a central column. It certainly would have been…   See the Image

  • Proposed L.A. Monorail

    Published 08/15/13 in Places
    Proposed L.A. Monorail

    In 1963, this Goodell Monorail was proposed to ease the traffic problems that were beginning to plague Los Angeles. You can't help but wonder what Elon Musk, creator of the Tesla automobile and the…   See the Image

  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Proposed Sports Club

    Back in 1947, Frank Lloyd Wright proposed this mushroom-like structure to be built high in the Hollywood Hills, as a home for the Huntington Hartford Sports Club. This was among his more fanciful…   See the Image

  • Proposed Santa Monica Bay Tower

    Published 08/15/13 in Places
    Proposed Santa Monica Bay Tower

    If not a Causeway in the middle of Santa Monica Bay, how about this Carlos Diniz-designed tower, accessed from land by a bridge? The architect is also known for his work on the World Trade Center.   See the Image

  • Proposed Downey Office Building

    Published 08/15/13 in Places
    Proposed Downey Office Building

    This futuristic office building, to potentially be built on Firestone Avenue in Downey, was imagined in 2009 by B+U Architects.   See the Image