On Sunday, February 26th, in honor of Black History Month, the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects hosts an Iconic LA tour of Compton. This walking tour spotlights architecture and design south of the 105, east of the 110, west of the 710, and north of the 91, including some Brutalist masterpieces and the work of pioneering black architects.
Selected stops include the King/Drew Medical Center, the MLK Transit Center, and Compton City Hall. It will be led by AIALA board members Drake Dillard and Jason Morris, and draws on the research that helped generate a widely discussed map of African American architects’ most influential work in the LA area.
Compton has provided opportunities to architects such as Harold Williams (Compton City Hall) who have struggled to obtain commissions within the establishment. At the same time, the architecture and design of Compton provides many examples of a city landscape arising and changing to meet the challenges and character of the community. This tour looks at examples in the areas of education, healthcare, transportation, and civics.
If you’re an expert on Compton’s history and landscape, Dillard and Morris may surprise you with the depth of their research. And if you’re not familiar with the city, this is a perfect time to get acquainted with a one-of-a-kind suburb in flux, with its own essential chapter of the LA area’s story of societal struggle and eye-catching innovation.
– Emerson Dameron, A+D Press
– Photo Credit: visionforcompton.org