CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1990 |
Los Angeles' Watts Towers, the soaring spires Sabato (Sam) Rodia spent more than 30 years building, have been declared a national landmark, officials said Tuesday. Rodia, an unschooled Italian immigrant, used pliers, a hammer and wire clippers to build what critics regard as an act of visionary architecture. Once threatened with demolition, the structures at 1765 E. 107th St. are now undergoing extensive restoration.