mobylosangelesarchitecture | i’m trying to figure out, is a dam a building?
i mean, it’s built, and it can hold people both on and in it, so i guess that makes it a building? which in turn makes it architecture?
ok, great. because this dam (conveniently hidden in the middle of hollywood) is beautiful, whether it’s architecture or engineering or a happy combination of the two (i mean, i guess all buildings are a combination of architecture and engineering).
according to the fancy plaque on this fancy dam it was built in the 20’s by the same person who built another dam that had previously fallen down. so, to prevent this dam from falling down they put a few million tons of earth on it’s south face, thus reducing it’s south face from a few hundred feet tall to about 50 feet tall. and thus giving hollywood even more odd parkland (apparently there are a couple of juvenile mountain lions co-habitating in the park created at the base of this once tall dam).
the dam itself is just the right combination of utilitarian and ornamental, looking at times like a giant water fortress and at times like an art deco wall decorated with bears heads (see the picture).
i’m hesitant to tell you where the dam is, as even though it’s open to the public it’s never crowded.so, if you find it, or if you already know about: great. but otherwise you can pretend that it’s some art deco brigadoon-esque fortress that only shows up once every 40 years.
oh, and i hope you had a nice weekend.
p.s-just for fun i did some old timey processing to one of the pictures so we can all pretend it’s 1927 and we’re working for the wpa.