Historic Downtown-Biddy Mason Birthday Celebration | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Historic Downtown-Biddy Mason Birthday Celebration

Historic Downtown-Biddy Mason Birthday Celebration

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The L.A. Conservancy, in partnership with Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation - Los Angeles (TRHT-LA), and The Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation is proud to present a special event on Saturday, August 17! 

Join us on a free* edition of our Historic Downtown walking tour, which explores some of L.A.’s most beloved landmarks, such as the Central Library, the U.S. Bank Tower, and the Bradbury Building!  The tour concludes with an extended visit at The Biddy Mason Memorial Park, where we will view a timeline of Biddy’s triumphant life on the site of her first home, hear from guest speakers, and receive a limited-edition commemorative poster. 

Discover—or rediscover—the area’s unique character as you visit the areas surrounding Pershing Square, the heart of downtown. Learn about the founding of this great city, and the story of its growth, as told through its magnificent architecture.

Do you know Biddy Mason? 
 
Biddy’s remarkable story is one of resilience that resonates with the fortitude so many of us aspire to have when the odds are stacked against us. Despite being born enslaved in Mississippi on August 15th, 1818, Biddy pushed through adversity. Bridget “Biddy” Mason lived a life serving others as a nurse and midwife. As a visionary philanthropist and the first Black woman to purchase land in Los Angeles, Biddy was an instrumental figure and foremother to the development of our city. 

 

Note: Event attendee email addresses for this event only will be shared with our partners, The Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation and Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation.

*This event is free, but online registration is required. No walk-ins.

Thank You to our Event Partners!

 

Walk-ins Not Accepted 
Meeting Location

Pershing Square, located at Olive Street and Sixthth Street in downtown Los Angeles. Tours meet in the southwest corner of the park on Sixth Street and Olive Street. 

Parking

$9 after 5pm on weekdays and all day on weekends, 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 pets.
  • This tour is 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 info@laconservancy.org.
All participants in the Los Angeles Conservancy-sponsored Walking Tours knowingly and freely accept and assume all risks, both known and unknown, and AGREE TO RELEASE, DEFEND, INDEMNIFY, NOT SUE, AND HOLD HARMLESS the Los Angeles Conservancy, its principals, officers, employees, volunteers, sponsors, agents and other participants from any and all claims, damages (including medical expenses and attorneys’ fees), injuries and expenses arising out of, or resulting from your voluntary attendance/participation in Walking Tours.

Featured Location(s)

Grand Central Market
Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Grand Central Market

In continuous operation as a market since 1917 out of two adjacent buildings built in 1897 and 1905, one of which was the first reinforced concrete building erected in Southern California.
Photo by Douglas Hill/ShootingArchitecture.com

Bradbury Building

Still splendid more than 100 years after its 1893 opening, its magical light-filled Victorian court, open cage elevators, marble stairs, and ornate iron railings make this one of downtown's most photographed icons.
Metro 417
Photo by Floyd Bariscale

Metro 417

Designed in the Beaux Arts style with Italian Renaissance ornamentation, this 1926 building has dual entrances, one to the offices above, and one to a concourse that served the city's early subway.
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

The CalEdison

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 Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Bunker Hill Steps

The ties between downtown L.A. and its Bunker Hill origins have been tenuous at best. The Bunker Hill Steps, built in 1989, aimed to remedy that.
Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Angels Flight

One of L.A.'s most enduring landmarks and the "shortest railway in the world" opened in 1901, and the funicular still carries passengers between Hill Street, just steps from Metro's Pershing Square Station, and the top of Bunker Hill.