This is one of L.A.'s early architectural achievements and the third-largest library in the United States. The city rallied to save the library when arson nearly destroyed it in 1986; the triumphant restoration has returned much of its original splendor. Working in the early 1920s, architect Bertram G. Goodhue employed the Egyptian motifs and materials popularized by the discovery of King Tut's tomb and combined them with a more modern use of concrete block to great effect. Free docent-led art and architecture tours are given daily and last about an hour -- call tel. 213/228-7168. Warning: Parking in this area can involve a heroic effort. Try visiting on the weekend and using the Flower Street parking entrance; the daily max is $8, a relative bargain for downtown.