John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles
by Stephen Gee
Architect John Parkinson died in 1935, and the Los Angeles
Times praised him: “Future generations have only to walk through the
streets of Los Angeles to be reminded how much John Parkinson in his
lifetime contributed to the city that grew up under his hand.” In Iconic
Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles, author Stephen
Gee proves that this singular visionary created the look of America’s
most dynamic metropolis, long before the world recognized the city’s
importance. Consider that among more than four hundred buildings in the
City of Angels that carried his architectural imprimatur, John
Los Angeles was a small town plunked amid wide-open spaces
when John Parkinson arrived in 1894. Before the century turned, he was
already shaping the identity of the fledgling town through
architectural innovation. Like the importance of the city he loved,
Parkinson’s impact shot skyward: he conceived the first skyscraper in
Los Angeles and introduced its first steel-frame structures.
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Stephen Gee is a senior producer for ITV Studios, based in Los Angeles. He has worked on numerous award-winning television productions and has directed and produced live coverage of high-profile news stories, including four U.S. presidential elections, important court cases, Hollywood events, as well as disasters—including the 9/11 tragedy. Experienced in various important aspects of television production, Gee was the lead cameraman and producer for a series of documentaries for National Geographic. A graduate of London’s City University, Gee began his career as a newspaper reporter in Norfolk, England. He has lived in Los Angeles since 1995. Iconic Vision is his first book.
Designer Hilary Lentini has been art directing for more than twenty years. Her firm, Lentini Design, has won more than seventy national design awards. She moved to Los Angeles in 1996, and has fallen in love with the beauty, architecture, and creativity of her adopted city. She lives in a historic Tudor home in West Adams, Los Angeles.
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