Lawrence Halprin: Reconnecting the Heart of Los Angeles | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photos by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Lawrence Halprin: Reconnecting the Heart of Los Angeles

Lawrence Halprin: Reconnecting the Heart of Los Angeles

Saturday, February 18, 2023 - 10:00am Sold Out

Come experience famed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin’s plan to transform downtown Los Angeles through the use of open spaces.  Explore how his iconic designs are connected, and learn about how these open urban spaces foster art, community, and a connection with nature.

This tour focuses on the four Halprin designs that make up the Los Angeles Open Space Network. The Network was an ambitious plan to connect downtown Los Angeles through the use of open landscapes, and is made up of Wells Fargo Center, Bunker Hill Steps, Maguire Gardens, and Grand Hope Park.

Halprin created each landscape to be unique and each one of them impacts how Angelenos live and move about the city. The tour will follow along the network, visiting each landscape and discussing how the sites connect to the larger picture of open spaces in Los Angles.


Reservations Required. Meeting information will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Distance covered: About 1 mile total walking; The route includes steps and hills.

Important Policies

  • You will not receive an actual ticket for this event; your name will be on a guest list when you arrive.
  • Tour will run rain or shine.
  • Proof of vaccination will be required of tour-goers who would like to remove their mask while outside on the tour.
  • Masks will continue to be required when entering indoor spaces during the tour.
  • 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 at least 24 hours before your original tour date.
  • No pets.
  • Strollers not recommended.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • If you have any issues locating your Saturday tour call (323) 863-5807


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)

Photo by Michael Locke

Wells Fargo Center

A twist on the Corporate International "glass box" design, the towers, completed in 1983, have parallelogram-shaped bases with sharp angles soaring into the sky while trees, fountains, and rough-hewn granite give the atrium a park-like atmosphere.
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.