Local Shot Spot – The Huntington Chinese & Japanese Gardens

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The Huntington Chinese & Japanese Gardens
The Huntington Chinese & Japanese Gardens
The Huntington Chinese & Japanese Gardens
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Flowing one into the other, the 9 acre Japanese Garden, completed in 1912 and opened in 1928, and the 12 acre Chinese Garden, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Liu Fang Yuan, opened in 2008, offer visitors more than a Western recreation of Eastern gardens. Elements of the five-room Japanese House were created in Japan, shipped to Pasadena around 1904 and acquired by Henry Huntington in 1911. The moon bridge, commissioned by Huntington, was built by Japanese craftsman Toichiro Kawai. The ceremonial teahouse, called Seifu-an (the Arbor of Pure Breeze), was built in Kyoto in the 1960s. Architects and artisans from Suzhou, the renowned garden city of southern China, worked with California builders and gardeners to complete the Chinese Garden.

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Local Shot Spot – Westin Bonaventure Hotel

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Westin Bonaventure Hotel
Westin Bonaventure Hotel

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites is a 367-foot (112 m), 35-story hotel in Los Angeles, California, constructed between 1974 and 1976. Designed by architect John C. Portman, Jr., it is the largest hotel in the city. The top floor has a revolving restaurant and bar. Encompassing an entire city block in the heart of Los Angeles, the hotel has 1,358 guest rooms and suites and a signature six-story atrium lobby.
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Local Shot Spots – The Walter Pyramid

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The Walter Pyramid
The Walter Pyramid
The Walter Pyramid

The Walter Pyramid, opened on November 30, 1994, is an indoor multi-purpose arena on the campus of California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Each side of the 18-story Pyramid measures 345 feet (105 m). It was designed by architect Don Gibbs (a CSULB graduate) and built by the Nielsen Construction Company of San Diego. The facility holds 7,000 spectators in a seating system that can be hydraulically raised to expose 39,000 square feet of beechwood flooring for 3 full-court, 6 half-court basketball areas and 5 volleyball areas. It also houses a full-service fitness center and The Pointe, an educational conference center. http://tinyurl.com/7mam9nf


Local Shot Spots – Anderson Street Water Tower

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The Anderson Street Water Tower rises 87 feet into the air from a 35 square foot lot just off PCH in Sunset Beach. It was built in the late 1800s to service the steam trains that ran from Los Angeles to San Diego. It was rebuilt in the 1940s with a capacity of 75,000 gallons and was used for the area’s water system until 1975. When it was in danger of being demolished in the 1980s, local architects stepped in, got permits and converted it into a 3-story, 2,800 sq. ft. home. It is now available for events and vaction rental at about $5000/week. Real estate info with interior pictures.

Anderson Street Water Tower


Local Shot Spots – Point Fermin Lighthouse

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Point Fermin Lighthouse
Point Fermin Lighthouse

This graceful Stick Style Victorian building in San Pedro, CA, is surrounded by colorful flower gardens. Designed by Paul J. Pelz, a draftsman for the US Lighthouse Board, it is one to the oldest lighthouses on the west coast. It was built in 1874 with lumber from California redwoods and served as an aid to safe passage between the Channel Islands and into the harbor for nearly one hundred years. The land for the lighthouse was donated by Jose Diego Sepulveda. Website


Local Shot Spots – Westfield Horton Plaza

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Westfield Horton Plaza
Westfield Horton Plaza
Westfield Horton Plaza

Westfield Horton Plaza is an outdoor, five-level mall, located on six and a half city blocks, next to the Historic Gaslamp Quarter in the center of San Diego. It features some of the most unique architecture you will ever see in a shopping center. Horton Plaza jump-started the Gaslamp renaissance when it opened in August 1985. It was designed by Jon Jerde, named for the founder of San Diego Alonzo Horton and was developed by the Hahn Company.