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South L.A. Road Trip: Hot Rods, Adobes, Googie & Early Modernism

  • Aug 4, 2013 · 11:30 AM
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Please Note: Read the directions carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

Please Make Note of Pleasure Palate Attendance Policies and our 3 Strikes Rule by clicking here before RSVP-ing to this Event. Cancelling your RSVP within 24 hours or not showing up at the event without contacting the Organizer ahead of time will result in a strike. 3 Strikes and You're Out!

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) You MUST prepurchase your tickets for this event. The event may sell out in advance, so don't procrastinate.

Link to purchase tickets online:

Tickets cost $58 per person.

3) When you arrive at the Daily dose, call me at:[masked]-4099. Do not text me.

4) There are no paper tickets: your name will be on a list at the bus door. Check in is at 11am for a 11:30 am sharp departure from The Daily Dose cafe. Tickets can be ordered online until the morning of the tour.

5) There is ample free street parking around The Daily Dose.

6) The Daily Dose is a great place for breakfast, but we recommend that you arrive about a half an hour before check in, so that neither you nor the cafe is rushed.

7) Food and drink are permitted and suggested; no audio or video-taping without permission. We regret that there are no refunds for passengers who miss the bus.

I love visiting and exploring the forgotten history and hidden gems of LA. I have attended some tours of LAVA and they are just as enthusiastic about offering people the opportunity to learn about and explore the obscure parts of LA. The South LA Tour is just right up my alley since it focuses on a part of LA that's mostly bypassed and forgotten in favor of more popular, touristy places. So come join me as we discover 'unknown' places in LA and how their history has helped shaped the city and county.

From their website:

"This provocative Esotouric bus adventure begins downtown and works its way south through Vernon, Bell Gardens, Santa Fe Springs and Downey, and through the past two centuries, exploring off-the-beaten path Los Angeles landmarks that have had enormous influence on the cultural life of the city and the world beyond.

Turning the West Side-centric notion of an L.A. architecture tour on its head, the bus goes into areas not traditionally associated with the important, beautiful or significant, raising issues of preservation, adaptive reuse and the evolution of the city. The locations all speak to the power, mutability and reach of Southern California as a creative engine. Some of the tour stops are:

Rancho San Antonio (1840). One of the oldest adobe structure in Los Angeles County, it was built by the Lugo family, whose rancho spread all the way to South Gate--the south gate of the property. This fascinating home sits smack dab in the middle of a 65-year-old trailer park on the banks of the Rio Hondo River in Bell Gardens. Between the layers of context at this site is the history of migration and growth in the Southland, from Spanish land grants to the dust bowl to the vast waves of stucco suburbs.

Canning Hardware and the Ed "Big Daddy" Roth studio (1950s). This modest stretch of Slauson Avenue was ground zero for Southern California high performance and hot rod culture. Come discover how aerospace, social mobility and teenage ingenuity transformed the automotive industry and created new modes of self-expression that spread worldwide.

The Clarke Estate (1920). A lost masterpiece by tilt-slab concrete architect Irving Gill, this Mission Revival (with a smattering of Mayan)-inspired dwelling feels like a time capsule from a simpler era, and offers insights into how the California style of architecture was born and popularized through Gill's modernist fans Schindler and Neutra.

Harvey's Broiler (1958/2008). One of the most prominent stops on the South Los Angeles cruising circuit, the teen culture promenade of the 1950s and '60s that had enormous influence on fashion, automotive design, popular music and leisure, Harvey's is also a cautionary tale about historic preservation. The beloved Downey diner with its landmark neon sign was illegally partially demolished by a renter who wanted more space to park used cars. The site was saved due to public outcry, and has been restored as a Bob's Big Boy built to the original specifications."



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  • Wasima

    Have ticket.

    July 1, 2013

  • Nick N

    They have a facebook site, and even the links there don't work, so maybe their lavatransforms site is down now.

    June 21, 2013

    • Robert

      Nick: the link should be working now.

      June 22, 2013

  • Joe S.

    I experienced the same thing, but their website is now up and running now.

    June 22, 2013

  • Robert

    I am guessing their website is down for now. It was up an running earlier today when I accessed their site and purchased my ticket. I would recommend trying again tomorrow afternoon.

    June 21, 2013

  • Sally

    The link doesn't seem to be working?

    June 21, 2013

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