Bunker Hill Steps

Bunker Hill as seen from Los Angeles City Hall
Related person
Lawrence Halprin (was created by)
completed 1990 (creation)
North and Central America->United States->California (CA)->Los Angeles (county)->Los Angeles
The Bunker Hill Steps linking Hope Street to Fifth Street is Los Angeles' architectural translation of Rome's Spanish Steps, a debt that makes this project a textbook example of postmodernism in landscape architecture. Designed by Lawrence Halprin, the 103 steps are divided by a raised, mock rock bottom cascading water channel that originates at the top of the stairs in a fountain. At the base, the steps lead to the LA Public Library (LIbrary Tower) and rise to connect to Financial District. The stairs curve around garden plantings and public art by Robert Graham and others. Halprin nearby designs include the Maguire Gardens at the foot of the library.
Postmodern (AAT)
Twentieth century (LCSH)
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