By Louise Levene
The excellent Architecture Tours LA, run by the art historian Laura Massino, offers a crash course in anything from Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry as well as trips specifically tailored to a client’s private passions. The tour I picked focused on the Silver Lake area east of downtown LA and offered a feast of Twenties modernism by Richard Neutra, including a visit to his one-time headquarters on Silver Lake Boulevard. Neutra was a pioneer of the flat-roofed, plate-glass-and-concrete International style that’s so suited to the sun-kissed Californian landscape. His work and that of his imitators can be found all over the city.