Monday, October 26, 2009

Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles, California

Griffith Observatory was designed by architects John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley and was completed in 1935. The Observatory has been featured in countless TV shows and films including Charlies Angels: Full Throttle, The Rocketeer, and most famously Rebel Without A Cause. It's a beautiful place with fantastic views of the city. If you're in LA I would certainly suggest a visit. There are also multiple exhibits and attractions inside the building. For more information on the exhibits or a detailed history of the Observatory and Griffith Park in general visit

The north side or front of the Observatory.

The north side while walking up the hill from the car. We had to park what seemed like 6 miles away and climb uphill to get there.

The north doors. I love the design of these.

Above the north doors.

Ballin murals in the entry chamber. These are on the upper walls and ceiling.

More ceiling. There's a wire coming down from the hole in the center of the ceiling that supports the Foucault Pendulum.

Detail from above the north doors from the inside.

I believe this is the West Observation Terrace.

Air conditioning vent.

West side from ground level.

Downtown LA in the distance.

Decorative window screen.

1 comment:

  1. Poor Sal Mineo! I realize I have seen it in many movies and shows. But your photos show how truly splendid it is in detail. That view of the city is amazing. How do you make an air condition vent beautiful?