Downtown Walking Tour, 3 Centuries of Downtown Architecture

CALA’s first event is an informative and eclectic Walking Tour of architecture located in downtown Los Angeles. Learn more about the history, and current Los Angeles design, as we tour the Old Bank District and Bunker Hill. In just a brief walk we'll be introduced to the three centuries of architecture: late-19th, 20th, and early 21st century. (Which also features buildings by two Los Angeles Pritzker Prize winners within blocks of each other.)

Tour Stops:

  • Pershing Square (1866) Ricardo Legoretta/Laurie/Olin
  • US Bank Tower (1989) (Pei Cobb Freed/Henry Cobb)
  • Gas Company Tower (1991) (SOM/Rick Keating)
  • Biltmore Hotel (1923) (Schultze & Weaver, building; Earl Heitschmidt, main lobby)
  • Title Guarantee Building (1930) (John and Donald Parkinson)
  • Angel's Flight (1901) (J W Eddy (developer and engineer)
  • Grand Central Market (1896) Homer Laughlin Building
  • Bradbury Building (1893) (George Wyman)
  • Vibiana (1876) (Original LA Cathedral (John Austin facade 1922)
  • CalTrans HQ (2004): (Thom Mayne/Morphosis)
  • Los Angeles Police Department HQ (2009) (AECOM, Roth Sheppard)
  • City Hall (1928) (John Austin/John Parkinson/Albert C Martin Sr.)
  • Grand Park (2012) (Rios Clementi Hale)
  • Music Center (1964-7) (Welton Becket)
  • LA Dept of Water & Power (1965) (AC Martin)
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003) (Frank Gehry)
  • The Broad (under construction) (2014) (Diller Scofidio Renfro Gensler


Upcoming events:

  • Thursday, February 26, 2015, 6:30 PM - 9:00PM: Michael Maltzan, FAIA of Michael Maltzan Architecture
  • Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM: Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of Johnston Marklee & Associates
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2015 6:30PM – 9:00PM: Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015 7:00PM – 8:30PM: Caroline Bos of UNSTUDIO at LACMA, Bing Theatre