The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo ("our town" in Spanish) are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural towers, architectural structures, and individual sculptural features and mosaics within the site of the artist's original residential property in Watts, Los Angeles, California, United States.
The towers are a 10-minute walk from the 103rd Street / Watts Towers Station on the Metro A Line (Blue). Since everything is outdoors, you can show up any time to view the site. After a five-year renovation, the Watts Towers reopened to the public in November 2022.
The Official Website of the Watts Towers Arts Center Campus. Home of the Architectural Sculpture created by Simon Rodia
THE TOWERS (1957; 12 minutes) is a documentary about Simon Rodia (1879-1965) building the Watts Towers (a very informative documentary, in spite of the narrator's pronunciation of the name "Rodia "). See more video films of and about the Watts Towers and the surroundings, as well as the community.
1. “Flashing Spires Built as Hobby. One constructed by Watts Resident rises to Height of 100 Feet.” — Headline of the first Times story about the towers on Oct. 13, 1937. The six-paragraph...
The Watts Towers are a testament to perseverance, and one of Los Angeles’ best examples of outsider art. Built over the course of 33 years by Simon Rodia—an Italian immigrant who made his living in construction—the architect purchased a lot on 107th Street in Watts in 1921 and began his masterpiece.
Tours of the Watts Towers. The Watts Towers Tour Guide Program offers visitors a unique and. in-depth look at one of Los Angeles' most iconic landmarks. Participants will be guided by knowledgeable tour guides through the towers, learning about the history, cultural significance, and artistic processes involved in their creation.
The Towers are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are a National Historic Landmark, a State of California Historic Monument, a State of California Historic Park and, in March 1965, the Watts Towers were officially designated as Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Monument Number 15.
The Watts Towers in the Watts district of Los Angeles, California, are a collection of 17 interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 99 feet (30 m). The Towers were built...
The Watts Towers, built over 34 years by Simon Rodia, are a Los Angeles icon. Built from found objects, including broken glass, sea shells, pottery, and tile, the Towers stand as a monument to the human spirit and the persistence of a singular vision. The Watts Towers, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are a National Historic ...