This is the trailer or the movie “I Build the Tower” it can be ordered from http://www.ibuildthetower.com/. For information about the Watts Towers, opening hours and other information – visit the official Watts Towers Website: http://www.wattstowers.us/. There you can also find information on the history of the towers and their creator, Simon Rodia. On the site you can also view many collected videos about the Watts Towers.
Simon Rodia, Architect and sole builder of the Rodia Towers (Watts Towers)
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Sabato “Simon” Rodia (April 15, 1875 – July 16, 1965) was an Italian-American architect. Rodia created the Watts Towers, one of the most famous landmarks in Los Angeles.
Rodia was born and raised in Serino, Italy. He emigrated to the United States with his brother at the age of 15; the two first lived in Pennsylvania until the former died from a mining incident. Rodia then moved to Seattle, Washington, where he married Lucia Ucci in 1902. The couple moved to California and resided in Oakland, where Rodia’s three children were born. Following his divorce from Ucci in 1912, he relocated to Long Beach and worked odd jobs before settling in Watts in 1920.
He began construction of the Watts Towers in 1921, but did not finish them until 1954. Find out more about this man’s life achievement at: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Simon+Rodia. In 1954 Rodia moved to Martinez, California where he remained until his death on July 16, 1965. Generally, it is believed that Rodia never returned to Watts after moving away from the city.
The Watts Towers official website has photos of the details work that went into the Towers: Some monuments were reconstructed after entire castles were shipped building block after building block from Europe (Hearst Castle), and other were rebuilt, from memory, such as the Watts Towers (Rodia Towers). I think Rodia wanted to rebuild a corner of Italia, here on California soil.
Simon Rodia is member of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club, and he is featured on the LP’ Cover on the top row, the next to the last picture and next to Bob Dylan : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_images_on_the_cover_of_Sgt._Pepper’s_Lonely_Hearts_Club_Band
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