Historic Downtown: Household Tour | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Historic Downtown: Household Tour

Historic Downtown: Household Tour

Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 10:00am Sold Out
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 10:00am Sold Out
Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 10:00am Register
Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 10:00am Register
Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 10:00am Register
Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 10:00am Register

Enjoy a socially distanced exploration of downtown L.A.'s history and architecture from the 18th century to the present day.

Explore some of L.A.’s most beloved landmarks, such as the Central Library, the U.S. Bank Tower, and the Bradbury Building on an exclusive tour with members of your household! 

Never taken one of our tours? Our Historic Downtown walking tour offers a great overview of downtown L.A. history and architecture, from the eighteenth century to the present.

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.

Please Note: This tour is an open air tour and will not visit the interiors of any sites.

Click on the getting there tab for information about our Covid-19 safety policies.  



Walk-ins Not Accepted 

Please note that these tours are meant for guests residing in the same household. 

Meeting Location

Will be sent upon registration.  

Covid-19 Safety and Important Policies
  • Tour will run rain or shine.
  • Face coverings over both mouth and nose are required at all times for guests and docents.
  • Temperature checks will occur before all tours. 
  • Social distancing of at least six feet should be maintained between L.A. Conservancy docents, staff, and other individuals who have not been isolating together. 
  • 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 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.
Photo courtesy Rising Realty Partners


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.