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

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.

This special tour is presented in partnership with the Architecture and Design (A+D) Museum. The tour coincides with The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, a traveling photographic exhibit that visits A+D Museum from September 29 to December 31. The exhibit
was designed by The Cultural Landscape Foundation and features fifty-six newly commissioned photographs of Halprin’s work. 

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:

  • Tour will run rain or shine
  • No refunds.  You can change your reservation to a different Conservancy tour/date if you contact us at at least 24 hours in advance of the tour.
  • No pets.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


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.