Art Deco LA, . . . DTLA Walking Tour. With the The Los Angeles Conservancy

! ! i wanted to do that . . . just not alone ! ! !
! ! i wanted to do that . . . just not alone ! ! !
Public group

Pershing Square

532 S Olive St · Los Angeles

How to find us

Pershing Square. Tour meets in the center of the park, near the mini-groves of orange trees. You will see the Los Angeles Conservancy folks

Location image of event venue


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.

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.

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NOTE: The LA Conservancy is typically able to accept walk-ins on this tour. However, if the "sold out," patrons with paid reservations receive priority and they may not be able to accommodate walk-ins. So you can puy/pay ahead with all the other people who plan ahead HERE (

Key Information

Time: 10 a.m.

Length: 2-1/2 hours

Walking difficulty: Route covers about twelve blocks; includes small inclines and some stairs

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Cost: $10 general public; $5 Conservancy members , $5 children 12 and under


Parking: $7 in the underground Pershing Square Garage, located at Olive Street and 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles.


Metro: Red Line to Pershing Square Station. Yes, . . . There is a Metro Stop for Pershing Square!!!! Could not be easier!! Follow the signs to Pershing Square exit, then cross the street to the park. For details, visit (

Walk-ins accepted; Note that patrons with paid reservations have priority

No pets

Strollers not recommended

FOOD? Well, . . . people are always bout the good eats too! Yes, . . . there is Grand Central a few blocks away, . . . However in this case, . ..

Pitchoun Bakery

545 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA[masked] (

JUST ACROSS THE STREET!!!! Would be the go to spot for coffee and a pastry before start. AND light bite after. This is a truly great gem. And you get to go to it for the breakfast route AND the lunch menu. What a win!!!

Featured Location(s) (

Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Claud Beelman ( Eastern Columbia Lofts (

From its spectacular clock tower emblazoned with the name Eastern in neon down to its multi-colored terrazzo sidewalks, this 1930 downtown landmark was one of the largest buildings constructed in downtown until after WWII. (

Photo by Michael Locke

Parkinson & Parkinson ( Title Guarantee & Trust Building (

One of L.A.'s most striking Art Deco buildings, this 1930 office tower is now converted into loft-style apartments. (

Photo by Michael Locke

Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue (, Carleton M. Winslow (, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (

Los Angeles Central Library (

The Los Angeles Central Library blends the past with the modern age. Its proposed demolition in the 1970s led to the formation of the L.A. Conservancy. (

Photo from Conservancy archives

Claud Beelman (, Los Angeles Jewelry Center (

Shining emerald green in the sun, this terra cotta-clad building from 1931 was designed by Claud Beelman for Sun Realty. (

Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Walker & Eisen (, Oviatt Building (

Formerly the headquarters of one of the most prestigious haberdasheries in the city, the 1928 Oviatt Building features Art Deco fixtures and literally tons of Lalique glass. (

Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Claud Beelman (, Ninth and Broadway Building (

Visitors stepping into Claud Beelman's 1930 Ninth and Broadway Building are treated to a dramatic two-story entrance, recessed with heavy piers capped by a segmented arch. (

Photo courtesy Rising Realty Partners

Dodd & Richards (, Parkinson & Bergstrom (, PacMutual (

Designed by premier L.A. architects, the former headquarters of Pacific Mutual Life Insurance is now teeming with new life as creative office space. (

Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Allison & Allison (, One Bunker Hill (

One of the first all-electrically heated and cooled buildings constructed in the western United States, this fourteen-story, steel-framed 1931 treasure follows a classically inspired Art Deco design. (

Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

S. Tilden Norton (, Fox Jewelry Plaza (

Owned by William Fox of Fox Films, this 1932 office building is clad in mauve terra cotta, and features geometric designs typical of the Art Deco style. (

Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Curlett and Beelman (, Wholesale Jewelry Mart (

Combining Art Deco massing and setbacks with Gothic details, the 1925 structure was one of the earliest Moderne projects by Claud Beelman