|The Watts Towers: Once declared a nusiance|
by the City of Los Angeles, they are now
a national historic landmark.
Such works—sometimes classed as “naive” or “visionary” design—are the product of singular personalities refreshingly free of academic influences. Here is a sampling:
|Simon Rodia: "You gotta do |
somethin' they never got 'em in the world."
|Grandma Prisbrey—sans her vaccuum tube hat—|
and a few of her inanimate friends at the Bottle Village.
|An interior lit by amber glass bottles at the Bottle Village.|
“I don’t care much for cactus myself, but I don’t have a green thumb and if I forget to water the cactus they just grow anyhow. . .they remind me of myself. They are independent, prickly, and ask nothing from anybody.”
|The Winchester Mystery House: I don't know about the mystery part,|
but it's a cracking good place to view Victorian and early Edwardian
architecture. (Image courtesy of Winchester Mystery House)
All tour-guide puffery aside, the Winchester House remains a fine place to view the transition of architectural style from the late-nineteenth to the twentieth century—a wacky enough subject in itself.