Re: RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled Architecture?

From: Diane Trap (
Date: 19 May 2000

> For that matter, recommendations for hardboiled buildings would be welcome,
> as well. Do such a things exist?

It's been mentioned on this list before, but the book _Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles_ might be worth a look. The authors' web page is at

No telling how hardboiled the buildings covered might be, but the April '99 issue of Architectural Digest is a retrospective of stories on Los Angeles. About the time LA Confidential came out there were some newspaper stories about the locations used in the movie (the Formosa Cafe was one of them), so you might want to take a look in the Los Angeles Times Index or some other newspaper resource.

There's a web page titled "Los Angeles in the 30's" at . Historical maps of Southern California are at

The WPA Writer's Project did a guide for Los Angeles and a guide for California in the late '30s--I don't think they've been reprinted, but your local library might have them. The Smithsonian Guide to Historic America series of travel guides gives great photos and good history. DK (Dorling Kindersley), Knopf, and APA (the Insight series) are all good travel guide publishers to look for.

Have a good trip!
     -----Diane Trap

> Thanks,
> -Dennis

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