Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park

Sculpture, History Museum, Historic Site
1765 E 107th St (at S Wilmington Ave)
Los Angeles, CA 90002
(213) 847-4646

Tips

  • LA (See) Definitely worth the short drive into South Central LA. These folk art sculptures are iconic Los Angeles at its best.
  • 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.
  • A treasure in Los Angeles. everyone should see it!
  • Great neighborhood, bring the kids! Awesome for a night time stroll around the area.
  • 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
  • Watts Towers represent 33 yrs of work by an Italian immigrant who made the project his life. Similar to the style of Catalan architect Gaud, 17 structures represent the American Native art movement.
  • "Nave 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.
  • 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.
  • Take the tour to get inside the gates. $7 adult entry.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • If you fear 'The Hood', come early in the morning. It's typically quiet, no one bothers you and the view is breathtaking.
  • Total dump. Don't be fooled. Only the naive and artsy-fartsy folks with white guilt would consider this a treasure.
  • Beautiful piece of LA history.
  • 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.
  • It has a story to it..
  • The gallery has new art every 6 months!
  • 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.
  • I was expecting more... Not so safe area

Nearby places

11603 Slater St (at Imperial Highway)
5905 Wilshire Blvd (at S Ogden Dr)
1827 E 103rd St