Formation[ edit ] Illustration of several species getting mired in the tar pits Tar pits are composed of heavy oil fractions called gilsonitewhich seeped from the Earth as oil. The tar pits visible today are actually from human excavation.
The neighborhood[ edit ] After the arrival of the Spanish in the s and the displacement of the area's indigenous population, most of the area that is now Park La Brea became part of the Rancho La Brea land grant, and remained largely devoted to agriculture and petroleum production well into the 20th century.
The growth of Hollywood and the Miracle Mile made the adjacent areas desirable centers for residential development in the s, but the mid-rise apartment towers that give the district its current name were built later, between and Park La Brea represents something of a historical anomaly, having been built at a time when most visions of Los Angeles' development were dominated by low-rise tracts of single-family houses along freeway corridors.
As the towers are relatively isolated from the rest of the Miracle Mile — set far back from major thoroughfares in a nod to Le Corbusierthey developed a reputation as "the projects", since they are reminiscent of such notorious housing developments as Chicago's Robert Taylor Homes and New York's Queensbridge.
The street layout was created in a masonic pattern as a reference to the masonic heritage of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Companywhich built the complex toward the end of World War II and immediately thereafter.
The style of the architecture has been described as Modern Colonial. Inspired by the innovative housing of Le Corbusier in Paris, this architectural team set out to create innovative multifamily housing.
Their plans included square-block sized formations of town houses surrounding shared common green space. The combined shared lawn spaces creates both a large courtyard and tree-dappled open space.
The Landmark Towers, in a revolutionary "X" structure with a unique placement, became icons of the Los Angeles skyline.
The ingeniously designed plan ensured that every unit would enjoy expansive views. History and revitalization[ edit ] Fairfax High School In the s, Park La Brea had become a desirable rental community with its own community center, health club and pool, beauty parlor, and drycleaner in addition to its convenient proximity to local museums, Farmers Market Los Angelesand The Grove at Farmers Market shopping complex.
In recent years, additional improvements have been made, such as adding new pools. Three different elementary schools serve portions of this neighborhood:The big, extinct megafauna might soak up all the attention at La Brea, but paleontologists at the site have also recovered paper-thin fossils of pollen, bees, plant matter, insects, and other tiny.
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