La Concha Motel

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Designed by one of my favorite architects, Paul Williams, the La Concha Motel opened on Las Vegas Blvd in 1961 with this memorable googie-style neon sign beckoning in travelers.

Originally located at 2955 S Las Vegas Blvd, the motel closed in 2004, and was saved from demolition and oblivion when The Neon Museum relocated the lobby and the iconic neon sign to it’s new location five miles away.

Trojan Shrine – “Let him bear the palm, who deserves it.”

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“Here are provided seats of meditative joy, where shall rise again the destined reign of Troy.” – Publius Vergilius Maro

Sculpted by Roger Noble Burnham in bronze, Trojan Shrine was unveiled during the University of Southern California’s 50th Jubilee in 1930.  The five traits of the ideal Trojan are inscribed on the base – Faithful, Scholarly, Skillful, Courageous, Ambitious.

Indigenous Inhabitants

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One of my favorite places to spend the holidays is Newport Beach, where I love to study and photograph the “brutalist” architecture of Newport Center.

In 1967, artist Tom Van Sant created a series he called “Indigenous Inhabitants” that captured the region’s wildlife (mostly extinct now) in concrete using a technique called Intaglios – Italian for incised carving.

His work was commissioned by Architects William Pereira and Welton Becket.