(Best seen in Google Earth.)
If you go to Walt Disney World in Florida, you will find a replica of Crossroads of the World right at the entrance to Disney's facsimile
of Hollywood Boulevard (at Disney MGM Studios.)
This unusual little collection of shops has been called "L.A.'s first modern shopping mall." Built in 1936, Crossroads of the World is perhaps most notable for its unique architecture. The centerpiece building of the project resembles a miniature ocean liner, an Art Deco facade complete with portholes, railings, life preservers, and decks,. An outdoor village of small, European-style bungalows surrounds the "ship" (Italian, Mexican, Turkish, New England, French - there's even a lighthouse!), and rising above it all is a central 30'-foot Streamline Moderne tower, topped by an 8-foot, revolving globe of planet Earth.
Crossroads of the World was once a retail shopping center, but today it is a quiet office complex.