Los Angeles Conservancy
For a deeper cultural or architectural insight (beyond the obvious glitz and glam’) the LA Conservancy is definitely worth a visit.
Art deco, architectural downtown, historic theatres and renaissance – they’re all covered by the LA Conservancy tours. And there’s much more too.
What began in 1978 as a community-effort to save the LA Central Library (built in 1926) has now grown into the largest local preservation group in the US. This not-for-profit organisation works to preserve and promote LA’s historic architectural and cultural resources.
Everything from the world’s oldest McDonald, right through to the former Cathedral of St.Vibiana have been salvaged and offered up for view. Special tours can focus on a particular architect, neighbourhood or architectural style.
They also run the Last Remaining Seats series for more than 10,000 people each year in LA’s extraordinary historic theatres.
Check the website for other events.