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Thursday, July 31, 2003

Tours of LA

Learn something about LA's architectural history with the Los Angeles Conservancy.

I think we are going to try and hit at least one of these walks. The Union Station one seems the easiest, since we can take the Red Line directly there, although we could probably access others via public transit, too.

From their web site...

Downtown at Sunset: The Conservancy's Summer Evening Walking Tours Back by Popular Demand!!

Take advantage of the beautiful Southern California summer evenings and join the Los Angeles Conservancy for the Downtown at Sunset walking tour series. On Wednesday evenings in August and September, the Conservancy will once again be offering this popular series, which features slightly shortened versions of tours regularly scheduled on Saturday mornings. The tours meet at 5:30pm and last approximately 1 3/4 hours. Four tours will be offered: Art Deco, Downtown's Evolving Skyline, Little Tokyo, and Union Station.

The Art Deco tour, which will be offered on August 6th and September 3rd, focuses on the architecture and ornamentation of buildings from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. An important period of growth for Los Angeles, this era produced some of the city's finest landmarks, including the remarkable Oviatt Building.

Little Tokyo, the district just southeast of the Civic Center, has a 120-year history as a vibrant center for Japanese living and visiting in Los Angeles, This interesting area includes a National Register Historic Landmark District. The Little Tokyo tour will be offered August 20 and September 10.

The Downtown's Evolving Skyline tour will be given on August 27 and September 17. This tour explores the architecture and development of the Central Business District. The views from the top of Bunker Hill can be quite spectacular on a clear day.

The Union Station tour is an in-depth tour of the last great railway station built in America. Opened in 1939, this Los Angeles icon is a unique combination of Art Deco and Spanish. Tours will take place on August 13 and September 24.

The tours are free to Conservancy members and $8.00 for the general public; reservations are required. Space is limited to 30 people per each tour, so call (213) 430-CITY now to reserve.

August 6-- Art Deco

August 13-- Union Station

August 20-- Little Tokyo

August 27-- Downtown's Evolving Skyline

Sept 3-- Art Deco

Sept 10-- Little Tokyo

Sept 17-- Downtown's Evolving Skyline

Sept 24-- Union Station


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