The Reopened Petersen Automotive Museum Is as Eye-Catching as the Cars Inside

California’s mecca of car culture is once again up and running as the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles reopened to the public on December 7 after a 14-month, $90 million renovation. Though the three-story repository debuted in 1994, the building was constructed in 1962 as a department store, and was ready for a makeover. Now one of the most visually striking structures in the city, the “hot-rod red” exterior is ensconced in 308 stainless-steel ribbons suspended across its surface—an architectural aest…

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