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Iconic Vision: John Parkison, Architect of Los Angeles

Stephen Gee
Stephen Gee

This one-hour documentary will tell the story of how the son of a mill worker from the industrial north of England come to design the modern Los Angeles cityscape. John Parkinson is the architect who created many of the city's most iconic structures, including LA City Hall, The Coliseum - the only venue to host two Olympics - Union Station and Bullocks Wilshire, the most complete example of art deco design anywhere. He arrived in North America in 1883 with a toolbox and $5. When he died in 1935, he had inspired over $100,000,000 in construction projects in LA alone.