A new, one-time-only walking tour of Downtown’s historic Arts District w/ the LA Conservancy.
Arts District Tour: History and Architecture in Downtown Los AngelesLos Angeles Conservancy (523 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA) Map it $35
The LA Conservancy, known for their popular walking tours, introduces a new, one-time-only tour of Downtown’s historic Arts District. Once home to vineyards, in the 20th century Downtown LA’s Arts District transformed into a bustling industrial area, then became home to desolation and abandoned factories. During this tour, you'll explore this now-revitalized neighborhood. Pick the brains of knowledgeable docents at tour locations including the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc; originally the Santa Fe Freight Depot, built in 1922), Angel City Brewery (originally John A. Roebling’s Sons Co. Wire Works Building from 1913); the exterior of the James K. Hill and Sons Pickle Works (aka Citizens Warehouse and Art Dock, built in 1888); private lofts at the Challenge Dairy Building (originally Challenge Cream and Butter Association Building, from 1926); more private lofts at the Toy Factory Lofts (originally Star Truck and Warehouse Company, built in 1924); a private loft at the Biscuit Company Lofts (originally National Biscuit Company Building, from 1925); the exterior of the American Hotel (built in 1905 as the Canadian Hotel, 1905); and artist live/work lofts at 810 E. 3rd St. Building (originally Southern California Supply Company Building, built in 1910). While you’re enjoying the history and architecture of this up-and-coming area, be sure to check out the new art galleries, eateries, and shops springing up in the area.