Take Two for October 15, 2012

PHOTOS: Idaho resident re-creates Downtown LA in his basement

Downtown Los Angeles Model

Larry Kmetz

Larry Kmetz, 70, spent five decades living in Southern California. When he and his wife retired to Idaho he found himself missing Los Angeles.

Downtown Los Angeles Model

Larry Kmetz

Kmetz spent 10 years building a model of downtown LA in his basement in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.

Downtown Los Angeles Model

Larry Kmetz

The scale model spans 144 square feet.

Downtown Los Angeles Model

Larry Kmetz

Kmetz moved to Los Angeles in 1948 from Gary, Ind.

Downtown Los Angeles Model

Larry Kmetz

The model is not an exact replica of Los Angeles, and does not represent the city at any one time.

Downtown Los Angeles Model

Larry Kmetz

The model includes an electric trolley that stretches across the 18-foot model, toward Pasadena.


Ten years. That's how long it took one man to recreate his youth.

70-year-old Larry Kmetz spent five decades living in Southern California, so when he and his wife retired to Idaho he found himself missing the streets of downtown LA.

So he turned, of all places, to his basement.We'll talk to him from his home in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho

Click here to see a photo of Kmetz's creation.


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