Paper: Classical Architecture in Contemporary Los Angeles


This paper assignment asks you to write a comparison between an Ancient Greek/Roman building and a building in Los Angeles that has been inspired by the Ancient Greek/Roman architectural tradition. Write a 2-3 page paper, double-spaced, 1 inch margins, Times New Roman font. You do not need to do outside research. Links with information are provided below. 

Choose one Ancient Greek or Ancient Roman building from the list below and pair it with one building in Los Angeles. Then write a compare and contrast essay. How are the buildings similar?  How are they different?  Be sure to discuss function.  How is each building used?  Who uses it? What are the materials?  Architectural details? Organization of the building? 

As with the other compare and contrast essays, you must discuss the works together. So if you talk about the material of one building, you need to talk about the material of the other building right after.


CHOICE 1: Roman Colosseum

Roman Colosseum (Links to an external site.)

CHOICE 2: The Greek Theater of Epidaurus

Culture Trip: A Very Brief History of Epidaurus (Links to an external site.)

CHOICE 3: Hadrian's Villa

A Virtual Tour of Hadrian's Villa (Links to an external site.)

Maritime Theater at Hadrian's Villa (Links to an external site.)


CHOICE 1: Greek Theater

Discover Los Angeles: The Story of an L.A. Icon (Links to an external site.)

The Greek Theater via Drone (Links to an external site.)

CHOICE 2: Getty Villa in Malibu

Getty Villa History


The Culture Trip: A Penny Pinching Billionaire's Lavish Gift to the World  (Links to an external site.)

KCET: Huell Howser Visits the Getty Villa (Links to an external site.)

CHOICE 3: L.A. Coliseum

Discover L.A. History of L.A. Coliseum (Links to an external site.)

Huell Howser Visits the Coliseum  (Links to an external site.)

Drone Tour (Links to an external site.)

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