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Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park

Sculpture Garden, History Museum, and Historic Site
Watts, Los Angeles
    "Italian immigrant Sabato Rodia over 33 years"(4 Tips)
    carolyn c.
    "check out the Watts House Project across the street."(2 Tips)
    Shawn Allen
    "why is this a national.historical"(2 Tips)
    Christopher N.
    "Go on the tour and watch the documentary in the art gallery."(8 Tips)
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  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsApril 1, 2016
    A Los Angeles icon. Grab a bite at Locol around the corner and come take the tour. Take the Blue Line to Long Beach if you're looking to take public transit. It's only a short walk from the station.
    Upvoted Oct 12
  • Curbed
    CurbedMarch 19, 2014
    Simon Rodia built the 3 Watts Towers by hand over 3 decades, from the 1920s-1950s. They're made up of steel rods wrapped in wire mesh and coated in cement. Read more
    Upvoted Oct 12
  • SEGA
    SEGAMay 29, 2012
    One of my favorite places in Los Angeles. Built by hand (no power tools) with found objects, these towers are an amazing testament to art and perseverance. - Kellie, Community Manager
    Upvoted Oct 12
  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 27
    An Italian immigrant construction worker spent 33 years of nights and weekends to build a mini city of 99-foot-high towers out of rebar concrete and 7 Up bottles. Outsider art was never the same. Read more
    Upvoted Oct 12
  • Norma R.
    Norma RosenFebruary 18, 2014
    The GARDEN STUDIO with public artworks, a turtle pond, California Native Herbal Sankofa Labyrinth, and Italian Herbs is not to be missed. The Artists-in-Residence are currently creating mosaic art.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Watts Towers represent 33 yrs of work by an Italian immigrant who made the project his life. Similar to the style of Catalan architect Gaudí, 17 structures represent the American Native art movement.
  • PacificStandardTime
    PacificStandardTimeOctober 6, 2011
    1960s–70s—Watts Towers Art Center was an important gathering place for artists who were not represented by the city's art galleries, especially when the center was run by artist Noah Purifoy in 1964. Read more
  • Green is Universal
    Green is UniversalNovember 11, 2011
    The Watts House Project is a place for Tower residents to connect with artists and other volunteers to revitalize the neighborhood and re-imagine the environment through community involvement.
  • WEI W.
    WEI WEIJuly 6, 2015
    It's a small place... Not a typical "art center" that you can spend hours. Check the tour schedule because you can only get close to the towers by a guided tour
  • Pacific Standard Time
    Pacific Standard TimeFebruary 3, 2012
    Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center explores the role of civic government in the development of the arts in LA. Open through 2.12.12.
  • Norma R.
    Norma RosenFebruary 18, 2014
    Also visit the GALLERIES in the Watts Towers Arts Center and the Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center. Take a Tour of the Towers see the William Hale film on the creation of the Watts Towers.
  • The New S.
    1/28/2012 The New Short Fiction Series, LA's longest running spoken word series, presents From The Ashes Revisited, in celebration of Pacific Standard Time: Art & Culture in LA 1975-80 Read more
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128June 22, 2012
    "Naïve art" towers decorated with found shards built by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia between 1921-54 BY HAND. Take the Metro Blue Line to 104th to see it and DO NOT WANDER! Watts is still the ghetto.
  • The Standard
    The StandardNovember 23, 2010
    LA (See) Definitely worth the short drive into South Central LA. These folk art sculptures are iconic Los Angeles at its best.
  • Juan T.
    Juan TorresJuly 25, 2015
    While this is an LA landmark, I would not put it in the things you must see while you are in town.
    HISTORYMarch 31, 2010
    This collection of 17 interconnected structures were built by Italian immigrant Sabato Rodia over 33 years from 1921 to 1954. They were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990.
  • Ray
    Ray2 weeks ago
    Beautiful piece of LA history.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Philip D.
    Philip DoucetteJune 18, 2015
    So much history here. The art house is pretty stunning. I gotta know more about artist Toni Scott now
  • Angelica S.
    Angelica SalazarMarch 13, 2012
    Sooo worth the short drive!!! Very interesting & beautiful!
  • ExperienceLA
    ExperienceLAOctober 25, 2011
    "Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Art Center" chronicles the evolution of the space into a community arts center. Read more
  • Derek J.
    Derek JonesSeptember 6, 2014
    Photos make the towers look larger, but still an amazing feat nevertheless.
  • Marvin A.
    Marvin AndujarJuly 6, 2013
    Although the towers is a bit interesting. There is no point in driving to a very dangerous place to see them. Don't waste your time and don't risk your life.
  • Ashy M.
    Ashy McGeeMay 30, 2011
    If you fear 'The Hood', come early in the morning. It's typically quiet, no one bothers you and the view is breathtaking.
  • Stacey~Marie
    Stacey~MarieNovember 1, 2014
    The Towers face East towards Italy! Simon Rodia was Italian, you know!!!
  • Derek J.
    Derek JonesSeptember 6, 2014
    Do not travel away from the park area or visit at all at night. The location is not in a safe neighborhood.
  • Rj A.
    Rj AveryJune 26, 2013
    Great place to take young one to see some great history stories
  • Christopher N.
    Go on the tour and watch the documentary in the art gallery.
  • char z.
    char zvolanekFebruary 16, 2014
    Take the tour to get inside the gates. $7 adult entry.
  • William G.
    William GaffgaSeptember 29, 2013
    Amazingly beautiful work.
  • Cat G.
    Cat GatitoSeptember 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The gallery has new art every 6 months!
  • UCLA Volunteer Center
    UCLA Volunteer CenterSeptember 25, 2012
    UCLA Volunteer Day 2012: one hundred UCLA students will be here on September 25 to prepare a community garden!
  • Brian
    BrianMay 5, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Total dump. Don't be fooled. Only the naive and artsy-fartsy folks with white guilt would consider this a treasure.
  • Elias Z.
    Elias ZunigaMay 12, 2014
    Guided tour Wed-Sun only.
  • Ryan N.
    Ryan NoslerAugust 11, 2013
    Made famous by Homer Simpson.
  • Palladium Boots
    Palladium BootsApril 1, 2011
    This is one of Odette Annable's favorite spots.
  • Vernon Ray R.
    The Watts Towers
  • carolyn c.
    carolyn castanoApril 27, 2011
    check out the Watts House Project across the street.
  • Neisha J.
    It has a story to it..
  • Jacki M.
    Jacki MorieFebruary 5, 2010
    A treasure in Los Angeles. everyone should see it!
  • sarah o.
    sarah ocJanuary 17, 2010
    bring your camera. $7 for a guided tour.
  • Brett P.
    Brett PadelfordJuly 20, 2013
    Like nothing else.
  • Brenda N.
    Brenda NoriegaSeptember 1, 2011
    Don't get out of the car at night!
  • Shawn Allen
    Shawn AllenSeptember 19, 2011
    why is this a national.historical monument?
  • Alberto J S M.
    Alberto J S Moreau DAugust 11, 2015
    I was expecting more... Not so safe area
  • William P.
    William PetersenDecember 11, 2011
    Almost a hundred feet tall.
  • Zak L.
    Zak LarsonMay 26, 2010
    Great neighborhood, bring the kids! Awesome for a night time stroll around the area.
  • Adrián G.
    Adrián GausinOctober 11
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