Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Art Deco Walking Tour

Art Deco Walking Tour

E.g., 2014-07-10
E.g., 2014-07-10
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 10:00am Register
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 10:00am Register
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:00am Register
Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 10:00am Register
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 5:30pm Register
Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 10:00am Register

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.

Note: If the Register button does not appear next to a date above, the tour has sold out.

Walk-ins are accepted on this tour. Please have exact change (cash or check, no credit cards) and arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tour time. Groups of 5 or more are strongly encouraged to have advance reservations. Please note that in the unlikely event the tour reaches capacity, patrons with paid reservations have priority.

If you have an informal group, like a Meet Up, and are planning on designating a tour to come to, please alert the Program Manager Annie Laskey at alaskey@laconservancy.org or 213-430-4209, so that we can have enough docents available.

Meeting location: Pershing Square, located at Olive Street and 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles. Tour meets in the center of the park, near the mini-groves of orange trees.

Parking: $5 with validation in the underground Pershing Square Garage, located at Olive Street and 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles.

Metro: Red Line to Pershing Square Station. Follow the signs to Pershing Square exit, then cross the street to the park. For details, visit metro.net.

Important Policies:

  • Tour will run rain or shine
  • No refunds.  You can change your reservation date if you contact us at info@laconservancy.org at least 24 hours before your original reservation date.
  • No pets.
  • This tour not recommended for young children.
  • Strollers not recommended.
  • If a member of your party is in a wheelchair, please let us know in advance by emailing alaskey@laconservancy.org.

Sample Tour Sites (subject to change)

Oviatt Building
Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

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 Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

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 Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

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

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

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.
Fox Jewelry Plaza
Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

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.
Los Angeles Jewelry Center
Photo from Conservancy archives

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.
Wholesale Jewelry Mart
Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

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 with his partner Alec Curlett.