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August 10, 2000

Architectural landmarks selected by Nicolai Ouroussoff (Page 11).

Eames House (203 Chautauqua Blvd., Pacific Palisades, [310] 459-9663). Built in the mid-1940s as part of the Case Study House program. Self-guided, exterior visits only, appointment required. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through first week of September, take an exterior tour with an Eames staff member, 11 a.m. Thursdays only. Phone for appointment.

Ennis Brown House (2655 Glendower Ave., Los Angeles, [323] 668-0234 for reservations). Finished in 1924, this Frank Lloyd Wright house is an example of Wright's experiment with "knit-block" construction. Group tours, Monday-Saturday, by appointment only. Tours are $10 per person, minimum $30.

Gamble House (4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, [626] 793-3334). An example of Arts and Crafts style, the house was designed by Charles and Henry Greene, with rich interiors and extraordinary attention to detail. Contains almost all of the original Greene-designed furniture. House will be closed Aug. 7-Aug. 11. Generally open for tours, Thurs.-Sun., noon-4 p.m. (last tour at 3 p.m.). $5; seniors, $4; full-time students with ID, $3; children under 12, free but must be accompanied by an adult.

Frank Gehry's house in Santa Monica (Southeast corner of Washington Avenue and 22nd Street, Santa Monica). Gehry's relatively small home, formerly a Dutch Colonial, now transformed by the architect.

Oviatt Building (617 South Olive Street, Los Angeles). A Walker and Eisen building completed in the late 1920s. Extraordinary Art Deco details and extensive use of Lalique glass. Lobby open to the public Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Orpheum Theater (630 S. Broadway, Los Angeles). Designed by G. Albert Landsburgh, it is one of the most ornate of the downtown theaters.

MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary (152 N. Central Ave., Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles, [213] 626-6222). "At The End of the Century: One Hundred Years of Architecture." Ends Sept 24. Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Adults $6, senior and students $4, children under 12 free. Admission is free Thursdays from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Storer House (8161 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood). Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1923. House is an example of Wright's experimentation with pre-Columbian motifs. Wright's grandson Eric worked with owners to restore and complete elements included in the original plans.

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