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Los Angeles International Airport Theme Building

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2009 - 2017.


Los Angeles International Airport Theme Building was built as part of the airport expansion of 11959-1962. The steel and stucco arches are of a parabolic shape which is the strongest form of an arch, but in this case, it's only decorative. Restoration of the building had already begun when a piece of stucco fell from one of the arches leading to a complete rebuilding of the arches. There has always been a restaurant at the top, since 1996, the restaurant is the Encounter Restaurant in an extraterrestrial theme by designers at Disney. Despite popular belief, the restaurant never revolved.

The Observation Deck has been closed since September 11, 2001.

The Theme Building under restoration in May, 2007.


The Theme Building under restoration in December, 2007.

Control Tower #5 and Theme Building, December, 2007.

Control Tower #5 and Theme Building, November, 2009.
Opening in ceiling.
Opening in ceiling.

Protectrive layer over the seal during restoration.



Top of arches and scaffold.

Arch during restoration.


Arch during restoration.

Scaffold from Observation Deck.

Scaffold from Observation Deck.


Restoration at the Observation Deck.

Scaffold around arch at Observation Deck.

Scaffold around Observation Deck.

Door.

Scaffold around arches.

Scaffold around arches.

Scaffold around arches.


Scaffold at ground level.

Looking up at scaffold through ceiling viewport.


Decorative walls in Encounters Restaurant.


Tables and chairs.

Looking out at scaffold from Encounters.


Decorative wall in Encounters.

Looking out from Encounters.

Looking out from Encounter Restaurant.

Elevator.


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