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Know Your City No. 11 - Astronomers Monument

Know Your City No. 11 – Astronomers Monument

Nov. 18, 1955: John Malmin’s photograph of the Griffith Observatory Astronomers Monument appeared in the Know Your City photography series. The Nov. 28, 1955, Los Angeles Times caption reported:

KNOW YOUR CITY, NO.11–You can see more stars here than at any Hollywood premiere because it’s one of the best night spots in town. No liquor served, but you get that high feeling. Just for fun, can you guess what it is? Answer on Page 8, Part 2.

ANSWER: Naturally, you’ll see stars there — it’s the entrance to the Griffith Observatory and Planetarium high atop the Los Feliz Hills. That big dome in the background should’ve been a cinch clue.

Designed by L. Archibald Garner, the Astronomers Monument was completed in 1934.

LOS ANGELES- SEPTEMBER 22, 2014: Visitors mill around as the afternoon sun continues its behind at the Astronomers Monument at Griffith Park Observatory September 22, 2014 in Los Angeles. The autumnal equinox arrives this evening at 7:29 p.m. as the the fall season comes to the Northern Hemisphere. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Sep. 22, 2014: The Astronomers Monument at Griffith Observatory. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times.

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