Lost L.A.

Iron Sprawl: How Trolleys Made L.A. a Horizontal City

Clip: Season 2 | 9m 10s

Although local supplies were scarce, once imported from elsewhere, iron and steel would transform Los Angeles’ urban form. Like many cities, Los Angeles at first used the metals metals to grow vertically. In 1883, Baker Iron Works built the city's first elevator inside the Nadeau Hotel, a machine that freed architects to build high above the reach of stairs.

Aired: 10/26/17

Rating: NR

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