Personal Tour of Los Angeles City Hall for History of L.A Meetup Members

A docent at Los Angeles City Hall will lead a tour for all meetup members of this world famous and iconic building. Some of the areas covered will be the spectacular rotunda, the council chambers, the press room, and ending at the 27th floor observation deck. So definitely bring your cameras! Tours and access to the observation deck are not available on weekends - only weekdays. So if you ever wanted the opportunity to appreciate the grandeur of this building, and enjoy a spectacular view of the city from the observation deck - all for free - now is your chance! And I promise - no red tape.

The tour is free and will last about 45 min. to 1 hour, before heading up to the observation deck. Visitors enter city hall through the Main Street entrance and pass through a security metal detector at the security desk. We will meet at the 3rd floor visitors desk, starting at 11:00am. Tour starts at 11:30am.

I would strongly suggest you take the Goldline/Redline to the civic center.

*There is no RSVP limit, but I do ask you, PLEASE, only RSVP if you are really certain you will be attending!! Should you change your mind, change your RSVP asap! This knowledge will give me the flexibility to call the city hall visitors desk, so they can add another docent if needed, and we can have a pretty good head-count (more or less) so we can confidently begin the tour at 11:30am. There are no more tours after that hour.

http://bigorangelandmarks.blogspot.com/2008/06/no-150-los-angeles-city-hall.html

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  • Val

    Hi Fred,
    Many thanks for the repost of Rudy's City Hall Link. I'll flag that mesg, and look at it later. Yes, Docent Did mention Lindy Beacon, and I learned some new stuff about it. However, there was a 'glitch' ...there are two different versions on what mesg is being sent out via the Morris Code. I'm glad I wasn't the only one having trouble hearing the Docent. It was quite challenging to keep within arms distance of him at all times. I've known about the Ennis House for years, and Sadly, have never been there. Maybe Rudy can get us a FREE Docent led tour of it. (or at least dirt-cheap)
    :-)

    April 3, 2013

  • Val

    Hello Donna,
    the re-post was very informative. I never saw it the first time.
    Thanks !
    :-)

    April 3, 2013

  • Donna L. H.

    Thought I would re-post this here, so it doesn't get lost in the conversation thread -- Surprisingly, the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum (Rancho San Pedro) isn't that well known, considering that it is the first Spanish land grant in California (1784). It was given by King Carlos III to Juan Jose Dominguez, a soldier accompanying the 1769 Portola/Fr. Serra expedition to CA. It hasn't received the profile it deserves because it was out of the public eye for 50 years serving as a Catholic seminary. Afterwards, it reverted to the Dominguez heirs, who have established a delightful museum on the beautiful grounds. Rancho San Pedro was also the site of the First International Aviation Meet held in the USA in 1910. The family's influence can be seen all over the South Bay in the names of the Dominguez daughters and their husbands: Del Amo, Watson and Carson. (18127 South Alameda Street, Rancho Dominguz CA 90220 - (310)[masked] - http://dominguezrancho.org/).

    2 · April 3, 2013

  • Val

    Hi Fred,
    Hmmmm, I've NEVER in the past ever bothered to use the links that Rudy provides, because I always expect to get ALL of the info on our tours. But I this particular case, I'm going to have to go back and see if I can find Rudy's City Hall Links.

    April 2, 2013

    • Fred B.

      Val
      In case you didn't find the link, here it is, you have to check it out and then look on the right side, it lists other places of interest as well.
      http://bigorangelandm...­
      I'm one of those ones that likes to read up on a place before I get there, like the Lindberg beacon on top of city hall. I don't know if the docent mentioned it or not, we cut out early and went on our own since we couldn't hear him good enough because of the echoing. While I was poking around in the link I found No. 149 - Ennis-Brown House a house by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this was the last and largest of four textile-block houses he built, i.e. the place was Huge and what a view of the city, :o))). We couldn't get in for a tour or anything but being there and looking around was a hoot, :o))).

      1 · April 2, 2013

    • Donna L. H.

      Fred, thanks for re-posting the City Hall link!

      April 3, 2013

  • Fred B.

    Donna, Ditto on all of your comments, this tour did not live up to my expectations either, disappointing! L.A. is suppose to be the maker and shaker of the west coast, unfortunately what we have is typical of most city's, there lack of pride. I learn more on my own, from comments by folks like you and from the links Rudy posted for us. Rudy Thanks for your time, research, patients and all the info you provided, with out it this really would have been a bust, hope to see everyone on our next adventure.

    1 · April 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Donna, I will have to come take a tour at all three places. The last two I have been to, but never taken a docent tour.

      1 · April 2, 2013

    • Fred B.

      Trudi
      Thanks for the info, its been such a long time since I've headed South, I almost forgot about San Juan. Taking the train sounds fun, I've never been on the one we have here, go figure, typical Californian drives every place. Maybe we'll get you as our docent. Donna
      I've got to say for growing up here, It's a bit embarrassing I only recognize Cerritos and Los Alamitos. I guess I've got a bit of catching up to do, :o))).

      April 2, 2013

  • Val

    Hi Trudi,
    Nice option, but Ideally our group should time this for NEXT YEAR'S 2014 return of the Swallows. We have already missed out on the Swallows return for 2013.

    April 2, 2013

  • Val

    Hi Donna L. Harris,
    Nope. You didn't miss it. Since it was hard to hear our Docent, I tried very hard to stay within ear-shot At All Times. He didn't mention the Egyptomania for the City Hall roof styling, Nor the factoid about the similar design at the Central Library. THANK YOU FOR SHARING !
    :-)

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Donna L. H.

    It was a joy getting together with such enthusiastic fellow history lovers, but the tour was not what I expected. It was sad to see the condition of the docent corps at City Hall. Although our guide was cordial and did his best, he acknowledged that it was only his third tour, and that he had received no training. Unless I missed it, I don't think he mentioned that the pyramid atop was inspired by the Egyptomania that surrounded the finding of King Tut's tomb in 1922, as was the design of the Central Library. The City Hall Information Desk was also unstaffed, and if you are planning to take a self-guided tour, be forewarned that there is no brochure to follow. It would be nice if a venerable city like Los Angeles would make a more concerted effort to show off the jewel in its civic crown. Nonetheless, I'm so glad Rudy provided this opportunity to see a place I've always wanted to visit. Thank you! The architecture was stunning, and I'm looking forward to more fun excursions.

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Jinjer

    This was a good tour. Even though the docent was new, I still learned a lot.

    April 1, 2013

  • Tom V.

    Thanks Rudy- I also checked out the street market next door. History+food works for me! Good to meet you.

    March 30, 2013

  • Joy Lynne S.

    Rudy, Thanks for organizing the City Hall tour! It was very interesting and definitely worth the time. LA City Hall is a beautiful building with so much history.

    March 30, 2013

  • Rudy

    I am really enjoying looking at the photos people are uploading!

    March 30, 2013

  • mel-v

    Thanks ... Rudy .. Nice pictures. Was really interested by the gentlemen who ended you discussing the years before the building was built

    March 29, 2013

  • Carolyn C.

    Really enjoyed this tour! Thank you Rudy for arranging this!

    March 29, 2013

  • Jinjer

    This was my first event with this group. I enjoyed the tour and everyone was really nice and welcoming. Looking forward to future meetups with you. I liked the docent and it was fun to see Councilman La Bonge.

    March 29, 2013

  • Henry

    Great event - thanks so much Rudy.

    March 28, 2013

  • Val

    The docent was VERY new, but he did the best that he could.

    March 28, 2013

  • Bob M.

    I gave up waiting for the docent at 12 o'clock. Had a great time by myself.

    March 28, 2013

  • Rudy

    Tour got a late start - the docent was MIA for awhile, (you're dealing with city hall!) but the tour was fine and all went well, and EVERYONE enjoyed the outside observation deck! And this was one of the nicest & friendliest group of total strangers I've ever met! Truly, your presence at this event really made it worthwhile!

    2 · March 28, 2013

  • Julie

    The content of the tour was good and our was docent was a nice guy. The organization of the docent program could use a little help though.

    March 28, 2013

  • Rudy

    I am really glad to see that there is a lot enthusiasm for this meetup! I only ask that you please - only RSVP if you are ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN you will be attending!! Nothing less! Should you change your mind, change your rsvp asap! This knowledge will give me the flexibility to call the city hall visitors desk, so they can add another docent if needed, and we can have a pretty good head-count (more or less) so we can confidently begin the tour at 11:30am. There are no more tours after that hour.

    March 15, 2013

    • mel-v

      I'm late

      March 28, 2013

  • David

    I was unable to get there in time after finding parking. sorry!

    March 28, 2013

  • Julie

    I am walking down 1st right now. see you soon. :)

    March 28, 2013

  • Ernestina S.

    Migraine! :-(

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone else coming from Orange County?

    March 15, 2013

    • Bob M.

      Trudy, I'm attending and live in Fullerton. If you would like to carpool, call me at[masked] - Bob Marlowe

      March 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Bob, but I decided not to go!

      March 28, 2013

  • Mary

    I don't think I'll be able to make it after all, unfortunately. I'll have to do the self-guided tour. I hope those who go write a little about interesting things they learned!

    March 28, 2013

  • Mary

    I may not be able to make it now, but still working on it.

    March 28, 2013

  • Travis

    Hi - This is a really exciting tour but I'm afraid I'm at 50%. I just had a bunch of work issues surface today. Still hoping to make it.
    Thanks, Travis

    March 28, 2013

  • Holly Go D.

    So sad I won't be able to attend

    March 28, 2013

  • Carolyn C.

    Anybody know what parking is like at the LA Mall? Seeing some bad reviews and wondering if it is a bad choice. How far away is 3rd & Hill? Thanks!

    March 27, 2013

    • juan c.

      Hill and 3rd is about 2 blocks from city hall. Just look at google maps

      March 27, 2013

    • Carolyn C.

      Thanks! I found one on Los Angeles street also that seems to be close. Will check Hill and 3rd also.

      March 27, 2013

  • Robert K.

    Sorry I will be stuck at work. Hope we have another one of these tours. Have fun!

    March 27, 2013

  • marianne

    I cannot guarantee that I will get there on time so I think I have to pass this time.

    March 27, 2013

    • Rudy

      Hi Marianne - just wanted to let you know that you can still do a self guided tour..the visitors desk will provide you with the handouts, and you don't need to be on a tour to go up to the outdoor observation deck. We're just taking advantage of the knowledgeable docent to do a formal tour that city hall provides for free. So if you still want to experience city hall later in the day, (or anytime!) take advantage. :)

      March 27, 2013

  • Tom S.

    I have a job interview in Santa Monica tomorrow at 10 a.m. It'll preclude me from getting to City Hall on time. Enjoy, Guys!

    March 27, 2013

  • Rudy

    Hello All- Just a reminder to be sure to change your RSVP if circumstances change, and you're unable to attend the city hall tour. I'll be at the 3rd flr. visitor's desk by 11:00am. Tour stars at 11:30am. See you there!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csk-yhCmYkg&list=PLOT8noFgRIFWvTOOfjx7J94s3tdo4ZXKr

    March 26, 2013

  • mel-v

    Anyone carpooling or taking expo line from culver city

    March 26, 2013

  • Anita M.

    I wished I could make it, but I have another commitment down the street at the VA Clinic. I need to be there between 11:00-1:00.

    March 26, 2013

  • Fred B.

    Looking forward to it.

    March 25, 2013

  • Rudy

    Another episode of Huell Howser featuring LA city hall. From 1999 - Huell looks at the city hall earthquake retrofit project taking place at the time. Link to entire 30 min episode:
    http://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/1999/10/28/city-hall-visiting-707/

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Amy P.

    Hi Rudy,
    I am very interested in attending this event, and am trying to make some changes to my work schedule to do so. I was wondering if it would be reasonable to be able to leave City Hall by 12:45.
    Thank you for arranging this,
    Amy

    March 22, 2013

    • Rudy

      I would think you'd be free to leave anytime, no problema. See you there!

      March 23, 2013

  • Val

    Hi Amy,
    you can leave whenever is most convenient for you. The rest of the 48 attendess in the group, WANT THE FULL TOUR.
    :-)

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Rudy

    City Hall will be featured with Huell Howser tonight (3/21) - the program will discuss the story behind " Lindbergh Beacon" which is at the very top of city hall. Link below is a 12 second trailer to the episode.
    http://www.kcet.org/shows/visiting_with_huell_howser/lindbergh-beacon.html

    March 21, 2013

  • Carolyn C.

    Is parking really hard to get? I come too far to take Goldline/Redline and need to be able to park in one of the garages.

    March 19, 2013

    • juan c.

      Hey Carolyn, if you want to drive all the way to downtown there's a big parking lot in the corner of 3rd and Hill. They charge $5

      March 20, 2013

    • Carolyn C.

      Ok, thanks everyone! I don't live in LA so have to drive just needed to know where is good to park.

      March 20, 2013

  • Carolyn C.

    Appointment cancelled! I am going to come!

    March 18, 2013

  • Julie

    I won't RSVP because I am not sure if I can make it there in time from a Thursday morning court appointment nearby. Rudy, are you allowing last minute RSVPs? I think I can make it in time and I know my way around CH well enough to catch up with you. Hope to see you. :)

    March 17, 2013

    • Rudy

      No problem Julie! Since you're in the area, sounds like you're going to try to make it. Would love to have you join us!

      March 17, 2013

  • Carolyn C.

    Sure would love to do this one - have wanted to go inside for years, but have an appointment that day and can't make it. Would love to see it happen again!

    March 16, 2013

  • Linda

    Sorry, I have to cancel. Forgot I have a dental appointment at 11am. Maybe next time, have fun.

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to go but the train times do not make it possible as I would be late

    March 15, 2013

  • Rudy

    I've updated the entrance info..saw Main in my head, but typed Spring! The entrance is just below the overhead connecting bridge.
    Thank you Mr. Jeff Z!!

    March 15, 2013

  • JEFF Z.

    You enter off MAIN Street entrance NOT Spring Street entrance. (FYI, I work here in Mayor's Office)

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • Val

    Looking forward to this !
    :-)

    March 15, 2013

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