Self-Guided Tours | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Self-Guided Tours

Below are a collection of resources providing information about LA.’s historic architecture and neighborhoods, presented in tour formats. Many include information from past Conservancy tours (downloadable in PDF format).* We’ll continue adding to this list over time. Enjoy!

Historic Architecture

New! Paul Revere Was Here: Paul R. Williams Homes in La Cañada Flintridge
Take a self-guided tour through Paul R. Williams' collection of residences in La Cañada Flintridge.

The Homes of View Park
Explore the history and architecture of View Park, a National Register Historic District, using our PDF booklet. You can also view historic images of View Park from the opening presentation of the November 2016 tour.

Millard Sheets: A Legacy of Art & Architecture
Highlights buildings and their integrated art designed by Millard Sheets in Claremont and Pomona.

Mosaic L.A.
This booklet from our 2007 tour features five different sites with unique mosaics.

Restoring Wilshire Boulevard Temple
Learn about the history, architecture, and monumental restoration of this Los Angeles icon.

Venice Eclectic: Modern Architecture from the '70s and '80s
Visit innovative modern structures by architectural greats Frank Gehry, Frederick Fisher, Steven Ehrlich, Frank Israel, and many others.

We Heart Garden Apartments!
Did you know L.A. has one of the largest collections of garden apartments in the nation? Learn about the history and preservation efforts of four of these sites.

Historic Film Locations

Charlie Chaplin City Lights Film Location Tour 
Self-guided tour of downtown Los Angeles and Wilshire Boulevard locations featured in Charlie Chaplin's 1931 silent classic, City Lights.

(500) Days of Summer
Visit sites from the 2009 film with this guide and suggested route.

Harold Lloyd's Safety Last!
See the sites of Harold Lloyd's 1923 feature, filmed in downtown's Historic Core.

Historic Neighborhoods

The Arts District: History and Architecture in Downtown L.A.
If you didn't make it to our one-time-only tour in November 2013, use the tour booklet to explore the neighborhood on your own.

Exploring Chinatown: Past and Present
Learn about the multi-cultural history of L.A.'s Chinatown. Produced for our one-day-only tour in April 2016, you can explore Chinatown using this PDF booklet, or on the Geotourist app, available in the iTunes store and Google Play store.

L.A.'s K-Town: Culture and Community
Explore the layers of history of Koreatown. This PDF booklet was produced for our November 2017 weekend of special events in Koreatown.

Pico-Union: Layers of History
Use this bilingual map and guide to explore of one of L.A.'s most architecturally diverse and distinctive communities.

Strolling on 7th Street: Downtown's Historic Thoroughfare
Visit one of downtown's most dynamic corridors with this map and guide to lead you.

Would You Believe L.A.?
This printable map highlights over 30 historic locations in downtown Los Angeles.

Youth Activities

Youth and Family Activities
Downloadable guides and activities for you and your family to explore L.A. at your own pace.

 

*These guides were created as part of past L.A. Conservancy events. As such, information presented in these guides may be out of date.