Griffith Observatory

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Griffith Observatory, September 2006
Griffith Observatory is located in Los Angeles
Griffith Observatory
Location within Los Angeles
Former namesGriffith
General information
Architectural styleGreek Revival and Art Deco
LocationLos Feliz, Los Angeles, California, United States
Coordinates34°07′07″N 118°18′01″W / 34.11856°N 118.30037°W / 34.11856; -118.30037Coordinates: 34°07′07″N 118°18′01″W / 34.11856°N 118.30037°W / 34.11856; -118.30037
Elevation1,135 ft (346 m)
Construction startedJune 20, 1933 (1933-06-20)
InauguratedMay 14, 1935 (1935-05-14)
ClientGriffith Trust
Design and construction
ArchitectJohn C. Austin
Frederick M. Ashley
DesignatedNovember 17, 1976
Reference no.168

The Griffith Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California, sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles' Griffith Park. It commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with a close view of the Hollywood Sign and an extensive array of space and science-related displays. Admission has been free since the observatory's opening in 1935, in accordance with the will of Griffith J. Griffith, the benefactor after whom the observatory is named.

Over 7 million people have been able to view through the 12-inch Zeiss refractor, since the Observatory's 1935 opening; this is the most people to have viewed through any telescope.[1]

  1. ^ "Griffith Observatory - The Zeiss Telescope". Retrieved 2019-10-27.

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