Here’s a sampling of some of the best historic architecture in Los Angeles, including information from past Conservancy tours (downloadable in PDF format). We’ll continue adding to this list over time. Enjoy!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Field Trip App
This app, available in the iTunes store and Google Play store, sends a notification to your phone when you're near a point of interest. The app draws information about historic buildings from our website and other sources.
- (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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Restoring Wilshire Boulevard Temple
Learn about the history, architecture, and monumental restoration of this Los Angeles icon.
- Strolling on 7th Street: Downtown's Historic Thoroughfare
Visit one of downtown's most dynamic corridors with this map and guide to lead you.
- 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.
- Would You Believe L.A.?
This printable map highlights over 30 historic locations in downtown Los Angeles.
- Youth and Family Activities
Downloadable guides and activities for you and your family to explore L.A. at your own pace.