2016 Watts Towers
Visit on April 24, 2016 to the Watts Towers in Los Angeles.

Simon Rodia built the Watts Towers between 1921 and 1954. The 17 interconnected structures reach a height of 99 feet.

Rodia used steel rebar wrapped with wire mesh held in place by his own brew of concrete. The structures were embedded with pieces of recycled material - bottles, ceramic tiles, figurines, seashells and more.

After Rodia left the property in 1954, a series of preservation efforts saved the towers from demolition. Today the Simon Rodia State Historic Park is a National Historic Landmark, California Historical Landmark, a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and on the National Register of Historic Places.

The site is open for tours on Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets for a guided tour are $7 for adults.

Tickets are purchased at the adjacent community center, The Watts Towers Art Center. Tours start every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday thru Saturday. Sunday tours are conducted from noon till 3 p.m. Also check out their excellent ten minute documentary on Simon Rodia.
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