Monday, August 29 , 10:00am - 12:30pm
Tours Departs from: Pershing Square, Olive Street and 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles; tour meets in the center of the park, near the mini-groves of orange trees
These private walking tours, arranged especially for WAA attendees, are conducted by the Los Angeles Conservancy and are enthusiastically recommended by the Los Angeles Host Committee.
Covering a wide range of architectural styles, and including anecdotes about the people behind the buildings, this tour is a great way to become acquainted (or re-acquainted) with the unique character of downtown L.A. Historic Downtown, as the area around Pershing Square is known, is the heart of downtown.
Some of the most beloved Los Angeles landmarks are in this area, such as the Central Library, Angels Flight, and the Bradbury Building. The history of the area goes back to the founding of the city in 1781, and its architecture tells the story of the growth of the city from the 1890s to the present.
From architecture to public art to public space, Los Angeles' Central Business District is a microcosm of the growth and development of Los Angeles.
From the 1880s when Victorian mansions crowned Bunker Hill, to today when sleek skyscrapers define the downtown skyline, the built environment of the Bunker Hill area has constantly evolved, reflecting the tastes, aspirations, and economics of the city’s population.
Experience the skyscrapers, plazas, and public art that define the bustling financial district today, and discover how they relate to both the past and the future of Los Angeles, one of the great cities of the world.
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COVER photo by Larry Underhill, courtesy of LA Conservancy
BOTTOM photo by Adrian Scott, courtesy of LA Conservancy