Art Deco Architecture Tour of Downtown Los Angeles
with The Los Angeles Conservancy
Last weekend, I went on a walking architecture tour of Downtown Los Angeles with my girlfriends to learn more about the history of the area with an emphasis on art deco design.
The Los Angeles Conservancy is dedicated to preserving Los Angeles’ history and hosts popular walking tours and special events. We made reservations for the art deco tour ($10 for non-members) and spent Saturday morning exploring the downtown area.
We started the morning by meeting at a great cafe called Pitchoun, which is located directly across the street from Pershing Square, the meeting place for the tour. The bakery is beautiful and it’s hard to pick just one thing to eat and drink before starting your day. We ate outside on the bright orange patio furniture to catch up a bit before the tour and to enjoy the great weather.
If you’re stopping in, try their almond croissant! It was fantastic and I know that will be my go-to pastry for future visits.
The tour had about 10 people at the start and we followed our guide, Ed, around like ducklings following their mama. He laid out some safety tips for us, gave us an idea of what to expect on the tour, and got down to the history of the buildings surrounding Pershing Square right away.
He kept the conversation moving, had a binder with photos to share with the group to help us better visualize what the area looked like before the towering skyscrapers were built, and had a good sense of humor.
After our tour, we headed back to Pitchoun for a light lunch and after chatting for a couple of hours, decided to head to the Grand Central Market (one friend hadn’t been there before) for pupusas before heading home.
If you’re looking for something inexpensive and super interesting to do while in the Los Angeles area, I suggest checking the Los Angeles Conservancy website for tours and events that may interest you. Most of our tour group were from the area but there were out-of-town people in our group, too. Ed made a point to better explain things that locals may know like the back of their hands so the non-local tourists could understand what he was talking about.
We’re already thinking about the next tour we want to go on together!
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