Fun by Design

Elizabeth Harryman
— Elizabeth Harryman

In Architecture Tours L.A. Guidebook: Hancock Park/Miracle Mile (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2005, $9.95), the latest in a series that also includes Hollywood, Silver Lake, downtown L.A., and more, Laura Massino Smith takes you on a driving tour that reveals quirky facts about some of L.A.’s most fascinating structures.

If you’re a fan of Paul Williams, Wallace Neff, Rudolf M. Schindler, or other noted architects who helped forge L.A.’s design heritage, you’ll find these books a valuable resource. Even if you’re not, you’ll discover that L.A.’s buildings have great stories to tell. Smith also offers guided tours through her company, Architecture Tours L.A. (323) 464-7868;