p.o.l adventure ART DECO WALKING TOUR of Downtown LA by Los Angeles Conservancy

Come join us on a p.o.l adventure "back in time" to Los Angeles of the 20's & 30's!

Art Deco Walking Tour of Downtown Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Conservancy

DATE: Saturday, March 16, 2013

TIME: 9:45-10:00 am (please give yourself enough time to park and meet no later than 10:00 am to purchase your ticket from us as our Los Angeles Conservancy docent-guided, private tour* is scheduled to begin at 10:15 am. The tour will last approx 2 1/2 hours.)

* private tour requires a minimum of 8 p.o.l's attending

WHERE: Our tour will meet in the center of Pershing Square Park by the central walkway near the mini-groves of orange trees. (Look for our p.o.l group with the p.o.l adventures sign:) Pershing Square is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, between Olive and Hill, 5th and 6th streets at 532 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, 90013.

PARKING: Parking is available at the Pershing Square Garage for $5.00 with validation (bring your parking ticket with you and our docent will give you a validation sticker). Enter garage from 6th Street or Olive Street. Pershing Square is also accessible by Metro Red Line - Pershing Square Station.

DISTANCE COVERED: approx 1-1 1/2 miles of walking. Please know there are no rest stops on this walking tour.

WALKING DIFFICULTY: according to LA Conservancy - Moderate

WHEELCHAIR ACCESIBLE: YES - please contact us following ticket purchase to make arrangements.

LUNCH:  there are some great options for lunch in the area within walking distance or within minimal driving distance - we will provide some options on site.


$12.00 regular Adult Ticket (includes a $10.00 LA Conservancy fee & $2.00 p.o.l adventure group fee).

$5.00 LA Conservancy Members and Children 12 & Under

Ticket price includes a private and personal docent-guided, p.o.l adventure group tour (we will not be part of the regular public tour and walk ups will not be allowed to join our group) and all first-time p.o.l's who attend will receive an official p.o.l "work a little. live a lot" button!

We've worked it out so that we can pay the LA Conservancy with one check the day of the tour based on the number of people who end up finally attending. RSVP is still required by 3:00 pm March 12 to reserve your spot on this tour, but you can now pay for your tour ticket(s) when you arrive on the 16th. Please arrive no later than 10am so you can check-in and purchase your ticket(s) from us (look for our p.o.l group with the p.o.l adventures sign:) as our tour is set to begin at 10:15am. Please have exact change to help make things as easy as possible - thank you!


The Art Deco tour is an in-depth look at the history, materials, and style of Art Deco architecture popular in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s.

Officially debuted at the 1925 L'Exposition Internationale des Artes Decoratifs et Industriels Moderne in Paris, the style now known as Art Deco took the western world by storm. New, modern, and angular, the style was perfect for the machine age, and was used for everything from jewelry to teapots to skyscrapers. Typified by vertical lines, geometric patterns, and references to Gothic, pre-Columbian, and Egyptian art, Art Deco is stunning in its varieties of color and design. Downtown Los Angeles boasts an extraordinary collection of Art Deco buildings, due to a building boom during the heyday of this architectural style.

Buildings included on the tour:

Southern California Edison Company Building **
The Guarantee & Trust Building
Oviatt Building **
William Fox Building **
Sun Realty Building
Harris and Frank Building
Garfield Building
Ninth and Broadway Building**
Eastern Columbia Building

** Interiors visited - subject to availability

DID YOU KNOW? Pershing Square is the oldest public park in Los Angeles. Its history extends back two hundred years, when it was a vacant lot known as block number 15. In 1866, an ordinance was signed declaring the park "...a public square for the use and benefit of the citizens of the common." Over the past century, the park has undergone numerous changes, including the addition of underground parking in the 1950s. In the 1990s, the park was significantly remodeled by a design team led by architect Ricardo Legoretta and landscape architect Laurie Olin. The Art Deco tour is an in-depth look at the history, materials, and style of Art Deco architecture popular in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s.


This is a wonderful opportunity to get an educated, up-close and personal look at some of the most beautiful art deco architecture in downtown Los Angeles!

We look forward to seeing you on the 16th!



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  • Deborah Y.

    I think the Oviatt Building was my favorite especially the way they kept the inside intact with the department store interior with drawers and all.

    March 17, 2013

  • Jay C.

    Beautiful day! Fun, informative and great group!

    March 17, 2013

  • Rob & J.

    What was everyone's favorite building you saw today? Also, did anyone end up doing anything of interest downtown? Feel free to share your adventure story : )

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Rob & J.

    It was a beautiful day. 24 p.o.ls in all. Our knowledgeable and friendly LA Conservancy docent, Steve showed us 10 beautiful examples of historic buildings from the 20's and 30's - most with stunning Art Deco architecture and even pointed out additional buildings with other architectural styles along the way. We went inside two buildings - One Bunker Hill (originally Edison Company Building) and the Oviatt Building (current home of Cicada club). Absolutely stunning. (Will be posting photos from throughout the day soon!) Afterwards, we suggested everyone find a fun place to eat - we went to Philippe's The Original and bumped into several other fellow p.o.l's there : ) Later in the day, Jen and I ended up stopping at historic Chinatown and walked through the plaza of novelty shops and bakeries and got some great pictures there as well. It was a terrific day! Amazing the things you notice when you walk through town instead of drive! Thanks everyone for coming!

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Randy


    March 16, 2013

  • Deborah Y.

    Absolutely Fabulous

    March 16, 2013

  • Deborah Y.

    Outstanding, it was arranged by Rob and Jen with the L.A. Conservancy. Our guide Steve was excellent....we had a grand time and saw some awesome art deco, and the history. Thank you, much appreciate.

    March 16, 2013

  • Kathy A.

    So interesting

    March 16, 2013

  • Jesse T.

    Great tour Learn many things about downtown L. A.

    March 16, 2013

  • Liz

    Great in every aspect! Thanks, Rob and Jen!

    March 16, 2013

  • cruella D.

    Wonderful tour...great docent! Thanks so much!

    March 16, 2013

  • Diana C.

    Sorry I can't make it this time. Have a great tour!

    March 15, 2013

  • Crystal

    Not able to make it this time, would love to join an adventure soon!

    March 12, 2013

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