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The design for part of one of Los Angeles’ airports was inspired by the spacecraft from the film The World of the Worlds.
The Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport opened in 1961. It is an example of the design school known as "Populuxe." (Photos by David Kidd)
The original 1959 design for the airport called for the terminal buildings and parking garages to be connected by a gigantic central glass dome.
The plan was scaled back, and the Theme Building marks the spot where the dome would have been.
The Building has been designated a historic-cultural monument by the Los Angeles City Council.
A $12.3 renovation and seismic retrofit was completed in 2010.
A September 11 Memorial has been added on the ground floor.
Offering 360 degree views of the airport, the once-revolving restaurant closed in December, 2013. An observation deck is still open on weekends.
This is the less glamorous side of the building.
The surrounding area has been filled in with traffic lanes and parking garages.
In 1961 then-FAA Administrator Najeeb E. Halaby (whose daughter later became Queen Noor of Jordan) described the Theme Building as "the first terminal area specifically designed for the jet age."
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