Past Meets Present Walking Tour | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Past Meets Present Walking Tour

Past Meets Present Walking Tour

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 10:00am Register
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 10:00am Register
Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:00am Register
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:00am Register

Back by popular demand!

Past Meets Present explores how the historic sites of Los Angeles' past are shaping its future. Stroll through one of the most active streets of downtown, as our wonderful docents show you how architectural treasures of the past became a unique location for nightlife and a growing urban population. 

As you walk you'll learn about how a former bank became the world-famous Last Bookstore, an abandoned streetcar terminal was transformed into a luxury apartment complex, and other pre-1930s office buildings became popular bars, clubs, and restaurants. Spring Street has also seen the rise of a growing art scene, and is one of the main streets used for the popular Downtown Art Walk. 

Walk-ins Accepted (subject to availability)

Please have exact change (cash or check, no credit cards) and arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tour time. Please note that in the event the tour reaches capacity, patrons with paid reservations have priority.

Meeting Location

Pershing Square, located at Olive Street and 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles. Tours meet in the center of the park near the mini-groves of Orange trees. 


$7 all day on weekends in the underground Pershing Square Garage, located at Olive Street and 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles.


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

Important Policies
  • Tour will run rain or shine.
  • No refunds. You can change your reservation date if you contact us at 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
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 Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Continental Building

Known as the first skyscraper in downtown L.A., the lavishly decorated 1904 Beaux-Arts style tower remained the city's tallest office building until the late 1950s.
Photo courtesy Big Orange Landmarks

Alexandria Hotel

Constructed in 1906 at the then almost unheard of cost of $2 million, the hotel then added a large addition in 1911. The addition included a beautiful banquet hall with a spectacular stained-glass ceiling, now known as the Palm Court.
Photo from Conservancy archives

Banco Popular de Puerto Rico

Built in 1903 and the largest individual investment for an office building in Los Angeles at the time, the building was acquired and renovated in 1976 making it the first major step in revitalizing Spring Street.
Photo by Richard Langendorf

Barclay Hotel

The Van Nuys Hotel was one of the finest hotels in Los Angeles upon opening, and the first to provide telephone and electric service to every room.