Palisades Park | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Jim McHugh

Palisades Park

Perched on the cliffs overlooking the ocean, this fourteen-block park has been carefully rehabilitated.

In the late nineteenth century, the southern portion of the park was donated by Senator John P. Jones and Arcadia Bandini De Baker; the northern portion by Santa Monica Land and Water Company.

Known as Linda Vista Park until 1915, the historic site includes one of the few remaining Camera Obscuras in the U.S. (built in 1889 by Sen. Jones' nephew), Craftsman-era stone gates, and numerous monuments.

Standing at the end of Wilshire is a statue of Saint Monica, sculpted by Eugene Morahan as a federal arts project in 1934. The statue looks over the spot known in the 1910s as "dead man's curve," where racecar drivers would turn east from Ocean along a nearly 8-1/2-mile surface street raceway.

Racing in Santa Monica ended in 1919 as the city's population grew and as a formal racetrack was opened in Beverly Hills, just south of Wilshire.

Photo by Marisela Ramirez/L.A. Conservancy

Ruben Salazar Park

Laguna Park, now Ruben Salazar Park, was the terminus of the 1970 Chicano Moratorium march and the site where protesters and law enforcement first clashed.
Lake Avenue Congregational Church
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

Lake Avenue Congregational Church

Towering over the 210 Freeway, this fan-shaped building was completed in 1988 to join other, older buildings as the church's new center of Christian worship in a modern show-stopping style.
Photo by Robert Mangurian

Gagosian Art Gallery and Apartments

From the street it's hard to see the splendor of this nondescript, industrial-looking building—that is, until you spy an aerial view revealing its secret heart: a circular interior courtyard, wholly open to the sky.