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Self-Guided and Virtual Tours

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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!

New! Virtual Tours on Google Poly Platform

Discover L.A.'s Broadway for Families!

On this immersive 360˚ virtual tour, which is designed for younger audiences, you’ll learn about the historic buildings and theatres that make L.A.'s Broadway such a special place..

Culver City at a Crossroads — Virtual Tour

Explore “The Heart of Screenland”: Culver City! Developed by Harry H. Culver in 1917, Culver City soon became a transportation hub which made it a natural spot for the burgeoning film industry.  On this immersive 360˚ virtual tour, you’ll discover an eclectic mix of historic buildings, reminders of a storied past in both film and transportation.

Movie Magic: L.A. County's Historic Theatres

The Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats classic film series gives people the opportunity to visit and experience the magic of L.A.'s historic movie palaces. Take this virtual tour to some of the historic theatres where we've hosted Last Remaining Seats screenings.

Millard Sheets: A Legacy of Art & Architecture Virtual Tour

Architectural designer Millard Sheets (1907-1989) designed some of the most recognizable and popular commercial buildings in the Los Angeles area. Trained as an artist rather than an architect, Sheets incorporated regional artists’ work into the design of his buildings, a process that came to define his signature style. Explore his legacy of art & architecture on this immersive 360˚ virtual tour.

Exploring Chinatown: Past and Present Virtual Tour
Chinatown Virtual Tour
Explore the unique history and architecture Los Angeles' Chinatown on this immersive 360˚ virtual tour. One of L.A.'s oldest neighborhoods, Chinatown has a rich history as home to Chinese and other immigrant populations, and its narrow streets have many stories to tell. Join us on this virtual tour of this rapidly changing neighborhood.

The '70s Turn 50 Virtual Tour

The 1970s in Los Angeles marked a time of unprecedented architectural exploration, and the structures left in its wake are some of the finest examples of that creative spirit. This virtual tour explores ten sites that help define the legacy of the 1970s.

L.A.'s K-Town: Wilshire Boulevard: Virtual Tour
Koreatown Virtual Tour
Take a virtual stroll through L.A.'s K-Town and explore the history, architecture, and culture of the neighborhood.

Historic Architecture

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.