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Months before the Downtown Los Angeles Architectural Walking Tour, I had the opportunity to tour the Los Angeles Central Library. This was also an outing with members from Conejo Association of Professional Interior Designers (CAPID).
Selected by flavorwire.com as one of the 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the world (http://www.flavorwire.com/280318/the-25-most-beautiful-public-libraries-in-the-world#20), the Los Angeles Central Library was built in 1926 with a new addition finished in 1993.
We started the tour from the “Spine” in front of the library. As you approach the library from the street, the “Spine” take you through the evolution of written communication. The pyramid on top of the library and the overall design of the building demonstrate the heavy influence of the ancient Egyptian culture in the 1920′s.
Inside the library, there was a mix of old and new. After the 1986 fire, the library went thought an extensive renovation and expansion. For the purpose of not exceeding the height of the original building, the new 8-story atrium has 4 stories that are below the ground level.
The library does offer guided tours (http://www.lapl.org/central/tours.html). The library also prepared a printable Self-Guided Tour (http://www.lapl.org/central/guidedtour.pdf) for those who are not able to join a guided tour.
Los Angeles Public Library: Art & Architecture in Central Library: http://www.lapl.org/central/art_architecture.html
L.A. Conservancy: http://www.laconservancy.org/tours/downtown/library.php
Rotanda Murals – KCET Depatures: http://www.kcet.org/socal/departures/landofsunshine/writing-on-the-wall/central-library-murals-are-also-80-years-old.html
On April 25, 2013, with other members from Conejo Association of Professional Interior Designers (CAPID), we went on this Downtown Los Angeles Architectural Tour led by Eleanor Schrader Schapa, award-winning architectural and interior design historian and consultant. In order to not forget this wonderful day, I decided to document my experience here.
Biltmore Hotel (1924)
We started our tour from the Rendezvous Court of Millenium Bilmore Hotel. Like many of the building we would see on the tour, the hotel is an example of the Beaux-Arts architecture.
Buildings from the time didn’t have air conditioning. The bays on the building encourages air circulation.
The walkway represents an earthquake fault line.
Pacific Mutual Building (Pacific Center) (1927)
523 W. 6th Street
Oviatt Building (1928)
617 S. Olive Street
This was originally a department store. Now the first floor is occupied by Cicada Restaurant. James Oviatt got the inspiration of the style of this building after attending the 1925 Paris Exposition. Lalique glass panels can be seen throughout the lobby.
We were unable to go up to see the penthouse. Watch the video from TvBride below to get the feel of the space.
Hilton Checkers Hotel (1927)
Originally Mayflower Hotel. It was the tallest building in the area when it was built.
Los Angeles Central Library (1926)
630 W. 5th Street
Southern California Edison Company Building (1931)
Grand Central Market (1917)
Million Dollar Theater
Bradbury Building (1893)
304 S. Broadway
Biddy Mason Park
The story of Biddy Mason was amazing and moved every one of us on the tour.
It was such a great tour! I learned so much and I want to learn more! It reminded me why I wanted to work in the architecture and interior design field. There is so much to explore in Los Angeles. This city is always ahead of its time. I have listed some resources below if you are interested to find out more. My favorite way of transportation is taking Metro. Check out my other article: Exploring Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Conservancy: http://www.laconservancy.org
Angels Walk L.A.: http://www.ci.la.ca.us/angelswalk
USC Dornsife Downtown Los Angeles Walking Tour: http://dornsife.usc.edu/la-walking-tour/la-tour/
Downtown LA: www.DowntownLA.com
P.S. I am so proud of myself for taking 10 designers on Metro and bringing them back safely!